Warriors prop Ben Matulino dodges red card over red light run
Warriors player Ben Matulino has had a talking to after he was caught running a red light, in a sponsored vehicle, on a busy Auckland street.
But the prop will get to keep his Toyota SUV.
A cyclist, who does not want to be named, caught Matulino nipping through the intersection of Broadway and Khyber Pass in Newmarket in March. The dates shown in the video, above, are wrong.
Incensed, the cyclist blew the red light too chasing after Matulino's Auckland City Toyota-donated Toyota RAV4, catching up with him at a traffic queue.
In a video the man is shown to tap on Matulino's window.
"Good luck talking to your boss this morning," he chides Matulino.
"What?" the oblivious player replies.
"For running a red light on camera," the man fires back.
The man said he had taken the action because he was sick and tired of red light-running drivers putting road users and pedestrians at risk.
"I made the complaint and three others as I am getting tired of crap driving in Auckland and the three I submitted are very clear cut cases where tickets should be given," he said.
As well as lodging a formal police complaint, the man called Auckland City Toyota and complained about Matulino's driving.
The firm's chief executive, Anthony Kearns, said the company takes driver safety seriously but upon investigation the "situation had been resolved".
"We're very strict on responsible driver behaviour. I spoke to Ben - I certainly made the point clear with Ben about the safety of other road users.
"Ben was very forthcoming and was apologetic from the outset."
Matulino had been unaware he'd run a red light, Kearns said.
It was the first time Kearns had had a complaint about Matulino's driving and he said it did not warrant him losing his car.
An Auckland police spokeswoman said police were assessing the information put to them by the cyclist.
Vodafone Warriors spokesman Richard Becht said the club had "spoken with Ben" and no disciplinary action would be taken.
"That's where it lies with us".