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Wrong-way driver sought after crash with police car

By Gregg K. Kakesako


Police are looking for a man suspected to be the driver of a stolen Lexus that was driven the wrong way on Likelike Highway and crashed into a police car Thursday while trying to elude authorities.

A 33-year-old Mililani man, a passenger, was arrested at the scene of the crash near Wilson Street just past Kalihi Valley Homes, but the other suspect fled.

Michael Ahakuelo was charged with second-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. He was being held at the Beretania street cellblock in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Ahakuelo was not hospitalized, and the police officer from the Kalihi district was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.

The incident began on the Windward side of the Wilson Tunnel. The black Lexus, heading toward town, crossed over to the Kaneohe-bound lanes of Likelike Highway and hit the police car near the Wilson Street intersection.

The police car swerved to try to avoid the stolen car, officers said.

Police closed the Kane­ohe-bound lanes of the highway after the 2:30 a.m. collision. Motorists traveling to the Windward side were diverted from the highway before the Wilson Tunnel to surface streets.

Police reopened the highway at 6:06 a.m.

Court records show Ahakuelo has four drug and burglary felony convictions and six misdemeanor convictions, starting in 1997.

Police are investigating the incident as a possible case of attempted murder.

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