Rugby playing mum chases men after crash

Alys Francis, ninemsn
4:17pm January 3, 2013

A rugby-playing mother chased two men barefoot through the streets of Cairns after they were allegedly involved in an alcohol-fuelled car crash outside her house.

Melainna Fa'aofo ran outside her home wearing only an orange party dress after she heard the collision on McCoombe St in Mooroobool while getting ready for a night out around 6.30pm Tuesday.

The mother-of-two, who plays touch and rugby, spotted two men fleeing the scene and immediately began sprinting after them.

"I kept yelling out, I kept asking if he was involved in the car accident," Ms Fa'aofo told the Cairns Post.

Ms Fa'aofo chased the men for 10 minutes before one of them ran out of breath - her first thought when the man stopped running: how best to tackle him.

"When he stopped, I was thinking tackling was now an option. All those years playing rugby would have helped," Ms Fa'aofo said.

"I was flicking my hair and I was really worried about it because it takes ages to do it."

Luckily she did not have to as the man gave himself up and police were quickly on the scene.

Meanwhile, neighbours who joined in the chase managed to catch up to the other man, allegedly the driver.

Ms Fa'aofo joked that she was not entirely unharmed in the incident, saying "my feet are killing me… the council really need to do something about these roads".

Police arrested a 27-year-old Edge Hill man and charged him with one count of drink-driving, saying he was allegedly five times the legal blood-alcohol limit when he crashed his sedan into another vehicle on McCoombe St.

The man is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on January 16.

Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.
Source: The Cairns Post.

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