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Police officer to be arraigned on drunken-driving charge

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2011

A 40-year-old Honolulu police officer will be arraigned May 24 in Honolulu District Court on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene after hitting a utility pole early Friday morning on Kona Street.

William Suarez is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 4B.

Suarez, a seven-year police veteran who had been assigned to the Waikiki district, was booked on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and leaving the scene of an accident following the 5:30 a.m. incident. He has been reassigned to desk duty and relieved of his police powers.

Suarez was arrested at the 1100 block of Kona Street and was released on $500 bail.

Suarez is the second officer to be arrested for drunken driving in a year. Boyd Kamikawa pleaded no contest in February to negligent injury and drunken driving and will be sentenced in May.

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