Samoa's Acting Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, has confirmed the Associate Minister for the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, has been charged with drunk driving.
This comes after the government vehicle he was driving collided with another car last Friday night.
The acting commissioner says a breathalyser test at the police headquarters soon after had shown the minister had exceeded the legal limit.
Fauono has also confirmed that Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, who is a former policeman, was taken into police custody on the night of the incident.
He was released the next day.