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Police hunt for man who crashed truck on Punchbowl Street

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:12 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2013


Police are hunting for one of two men after the pickup truck they were in crashed into newspaper dispensing machines on the corner of Punchbowl and Pohukaina streets early Thursday afternoon.

At about 12:50 p.m., two men fled into Waterfront Plaza after crashing in a black Dodge Dakota truck. Police arrived seconds later and caught one man by a public bathroom in the complex. A witness said officers had to forcibly restrain him before making the arrest.

Police officers and the HPD helicopter were still searching for the other man.

Police said the chase began at Makapuu Beach Park when they tried to arrest the men for allegedly breaking into cars there.

The pursuit continued through Kailua, over the Pali Highway and ended when the speeding pickup truck failed to make the turn at Punchbowl and Pohukaina and crashed into newspaper boxes on Pohukaina Street.

“We heard a huge screeching noise (before the truck jumped a curb),” said Stephanie Randles, who was eating lunch with a friend at a bench at Waterfront Plaza, about 25 feet from the crash scene.

“Within seconds after the truck sped by, I heard the screeching of tires, glanced back, and saw the truck climb the curb and smash into some newspaper vending machines,” said Star-Advertiser reporter Rob Perez, who witnessed the crash.”Fortunately, no one was in the crosswalk when the truck zoomed through it.”

Officers recovered a back pack that one of the men dropped immediately after exiting the truck.

No injuries were reported.

Nearby Voyager Public Charter School on Halekauwila Street is on a “modified” lockdown this afternoon, according to school Principal Mary Beth Barr.

“We have the kids inside, we’re keeping them all in and the doors are all locked,” she said. “Teachers are escorting students if they need to go anywhere.”

“We didn’t get any official word that we should be on lockdown, but we’re doing it just to be cautious,” Barr said, noting that a couple of students' parents work for the sheriffs department and HPD.

The school, with 286 students, had been on lockdown for most of Wednesday as police searched for Teddy Munet.

“It’s rough, but part of it is being a downtown school,” Barr said. “Yesterday was the first day we’d had to be on lockdown. Today, I don’t know what to make of it. I’m not sure if it’s a full moon, or what.”

A Department of Education spokeswoman said no other public schools in the area had been placed on lockdown.

It's the second manhunt in two days in the Kakaako area near the Circuit Court building. On Wednesday, police and state sheriffs combed the area for more than 11 hours looking for escaped murder suspect Munet.

Star-Advertiser reporters Gary Kubota, Marcel Honoré, Rob Perez, Nanea Kalani and Ed Lynch contributed to this story.






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craigshawaii wrote:
this is turning out to be routine in downtown honolulu
on February 21,2013 | 12:41PM
PokeStop wrote:
Honolulu is going to grab the attention of FOX News pretty soon. Instead of filming car chases, FOX will show foot chases of criminals.
on February 21,2013 | 01:39PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Actually, 'twice' doesn't mean routine. It's certainly odd to have this sort of thing happen twice in two days, but c'mon. How many of these incidents have happened downtown in the last, oh, 2 years?
on February 21,2013 | 03:32PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
let's wait to what happens tomorrow...
on February 21,2013 | 06:32PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Plenty you don't know about.....just because it's not reported by SA (lol) doesn't mean other crimes aren't taking place.
on February 21,2013 | 11:12PM
Masami wrote:
I'm gonna be the first...........headline reads "Police hunt for men who crashed truck on Punchbowl Street" and the FIRST few words says "Police are hunting for one of two men........." Me thinks "man" and "men" mean DIFFERENT THINGS?
on February 21,2013 | 12:41PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Actually two men cannot crash the truck. Only the driver can crash the truck.
on February 21,2013 | 12:52PM
busthalfnut wrote:
What if the passenger was also gripping the wheel and they were fighting over whether to turn left or right?
on February 21,2013 | 12:59PM
PokeStop wrote:
Two Portagees!
on February 21,2013 | 01:30PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
oh, stop it. could have been two ______. (fill in the blank)
on February 21,2013 | 06:33PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Dangerous east and town side
on February 21,2013 | 12:45PM
96706 wrote:
They were on crystal meth. Here we go again!
on February 21,2013 | 12:48PM
PokeStop wrote:
Let's see if HPD can run this guy down. 5-1 odds the guy is faster then HPD! Any takers! House is giving 20-1 odds now!
on February 21,2013 | 01:13PM
patk wrote:
They should be allowed to shoot fleeing criminals. These guys are not suspects, they are criminals. They can't outrun bullets. A couple of bucks on bullets saves taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
on February 21,2013 | 02:52PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Crooks 5 Hawaii Cops 0.
on February 21,2013 | 01:21PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Anyway, good news, two lowly inferiors, off the streets, and going to prison. And they lost their truck.
on February 21,2013 | 01:58PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Sorry, unfortunately, that truck was stolen. But ...THEY WILL BE punished.
on February 21,2013 | 04:03PM
Ulalei wrote:
This should be excused if both really need to drop a deucey. Hopefully the popo let the guy finish before yanking him from the can.
on February 21,2013 | 02:09PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
HPD officers are fit enough to chase and catch these low-lifes. Unlike earlier in the week. Wee done HPD!
on February 21,2013 | 02:51PM
iwanaknow wrote:
TV Cop show will use this soon. Ripped from the newspaper headlines.
on February 21,2013 | 03:32PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
Was this truck being driven by an inmate driving himself to court??? We really need to change how inmates are transferred. Oh wait......
on February 21,2013 | 04:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
Only one word for those guys.....LOOSER
on February 21,2013 | 06:14PM
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