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Man who never had driver’s license picked up for DUI

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old male convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) two months ago was ordered by the court not to operate any moving vehicle in the territory for the 6 months of his probation.

Talimalo Laulala, who has never applied for a driver’s license appeared in District Court last week for his pretrial conference, however, his defense attorney informed the court that they had reached an agreement with the government.

Under the terms of the plea agreement by both sides, and accepted by the court, Laulala agreed to plead guilty to DUI.

By his guilty plea, Laulala admits that on Nov. 25th, 2020, he was intoxicated and loud while operating a vehicle on the public highway.

The court sentenced Laulala to 6 months probation under the condition that he visit Probation every month and stay away from alcohol. The court also told the defendant that his privilege to operate a vehicle on a public highways or attempting to obtain a valid drivers license is suspended for the next 6 months.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of $150.