POSTED: 05:28 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 07:33 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011
A 24-year Honolulu police veteran who struck a 61-year-old pedestrian while driving drunk pleaded no contest in District Court this morning.
Boyd Kamikawa pleaded guilty to charges that he negligently injured the pedestrian with his motor vehicle, drove while under the influence of alcohol, and twice drove after his license had been revoked.
Kamikawa, 54, could have been sentenced for those offenses right away but at his request, a Honolulu District Court judge scheduled sentencing for May. His lawyer told the judge Kamikawa is enrolling in an out-patient substance abuse treatment program.
Kamikawa faces mandatory penalties for the DUI and driving with a revoked license.
He faces up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine for the misdemeanor negligent injury. However, his lawyer indicated Kamikawa will be asking for a deferral of his no contest plea which if granted, will give him the opportunity to clear the charge from his criminal record.
The DUI and negligent injury charges came after Kamikawa hit the pedestrian April 24 last year in downtown Honolulu. The 61-year-old woman suffered minor injuries.
His arrest for DUI prompted an automatic license revocation, which the state Administrative Drivers License Revocation Office affirmed May 18 following a hearing.
Police caught Kamikawa driving on July 29 and again on July 30.
Mandatory penalties for DUI are a one-year license revocation enforced with an ignition interlock device and one or more of the following: 72 hours of community service, two to five days in jail and a fine of between $150 and $1,000.
For driving the first time with a revoked license, the mandatory penalties are three to 30 days in jail, a fine of between $250 and $1,000 and his license revoked for an additional year. For his second offense the mandatory penalties are 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and his license revoked for an additional two years.
The Honolulu Police Department said it has stripped Kamikawa of his police powers restricting him to desk duty and is conducting an administrative investigation into his conduct.