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HPD lieutenant arrested for alleged DUI

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:21 p.m. HST, Mar 30, 2013

A Honolulu Police Department lieutenant was one of dozens of motorists arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of a intoxicant at the start of the Good Friday long weekend.

Lt. Colin Wong, who serves in HPD’s specialized services division, was arrested in Waikiki around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

He was released after posting $1,000 in bail.

Back in 2000, Wong received a six-month demotion after he was caught on camera putting his arm around fellow police officer Clyde Arakawa soon after Arakawa had been involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision on the Pali Highway. Arakawa, who was drunk at the time of the crash, was later convicted of manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Dana Ambrose.

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whyusalty wrote:
So let me understand this article. This man was suspended in 2000, but still was able to move up in rank as a LT? What the heck is going on with promotion boards at HPD? I guess now he will be suspended for one year at get promoted to Captain next. Good job HPD leadership good job.
on March 30,2013 | 11:06PM
1local wrote:
union powa
on March 31,2013 | 06:14AM
Kapua91 wrote:
Demotion was only for 6 months then retains his ranks after. smh
on March 31,2013 | 06:47AM
Bdpapa wrote:
You can't hold the demotion against him forever. He had to re qualify and go thru the process to get promoted.
on March 31,2013 | 11:20AM
sloturle wrote:
reputation goes down
on March 31,2013 | 02:12AM
juke wrote:
hpd hahaha heeeeeehahaha heeeeee
on March 31,2013 | 02:55AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
The key word here is "alleged" let's see if it follows with a conviction,and the punishment that will follow. Yea right! They'll finfa reason fora dismissal,followed by a promotion.
on March 31,2013 | 02:59AM
kiragirl wrote:
At least HPD arrested one of their own probably because he was involved in an accident. I wonder how many HPD officers get arrested for DUI when not involved in an accident. Probably none!
on March 31,2013 | 04:30AM
serious wrote:
Yes, what happened to their Code of Silence?
on March 31,2013 | 04:43AM
1local wrote:
no sticker - no badge. probably wasn't liked. head of the DUI check point made decision to call in and report...
on March 31,2013 | 06:16AM
peanutgallery wrote:
It's about as corrupt an organization as they get.
on March 31,2013 | 04:51AM
1local wrote:
hope the arresting officer shows up in court...
on March 31,2013 | 06:17AM
agile wrote:
I'd love to see an investigative piece like Dateline or 60 Minutes on the most corrupt pd's in the nation.
on March 31,2013 | 11:58AM
joewilly wrote:
He is not liked in the rank and file.
on March 31,2013 | 06:23AM
agile wrote:
Spoken like an insider??
on March 31,2013 | 11:58AM
koolau wrote:
Judging by the many comments given on this article, it appears there's much stereo-typing of our personnel in blue, which certainly is not fair. In the business I'm in, I get to meet many of those persons and most of them are decent and courteous. These people put their safety in jeopardy everytime they respond, especially in domestic affairs. As in every line of occupation, it's easy to generalize and create percepions. Let's stop the "profiling" and judge each on their own merits.
on March 31,2013 | 06:33AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Get real. How blind can you be to the numerous instances of HPD misdeeds, corruption, and incompetence? You had better wake up from your ignorant slumber. I remember the Clyde Arakawa incident clearly. If television news cameras hadn't been around to document the behavior of HPD on the scene, the whole incident would have been conveniently swept under the rug with NO justice for Dana Ambrose and her family. The fact that Lt. Wong even got promoted to his present rank in spite of his past behavior speaks volumes about the entrenched "Good Old Boy" network. Like you, I also speak from personal experience dealing with these lazy and rude thugs masquerading as "Law Enforcement", and I KNOW some of these guys. I'm calling it like I see it.
on March 31,2013 | 08:14AM
wakempe wrote:
Sounds like you got arrested.
on March 31,2013 | 11:04AM
50skane wrote:
So the next time you have a bunch of drunk or drugged out guys chasing you or trying to break down your door to kick your a_ _, call the fire department for help instead of HPD..when the 911 operator asks you, "POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE?" say fire or ambulance, since HPD is useless. Right?
on March 31,2013 | 11:32AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
50skane wrote: "So the next time you have a bunch of drunk or drugged out guys chasing you or trying to break down your door to kick your a_ _, call the fire department for help instead of HPD..when the 911 operator asks you, "POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE?" say fire or ambulance, since HPD is useless. Right?"

No one does a better job of showing up after the fact and filing a police report. If I need a police report filed, I will call the HPD.

If you need someone there quickly, ask for the HFD.

on March 31,2013 | 11:49AM
Anonymous wrote:
I know a cop who's the worst functioning alcoholic I've ever seen. He brushes his teeth with booze, and drives drunk all the time. He 's been promoted to special detail, Narcotics. Go figure.
on March 31,2013 | 06:35AM
kaupani wrote:
And you're part of the problem for not reporting him.
on March 31,2013 | 06:40AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
A better question would be why his peers don't report him. And we all know why that'll never happen, even if Anonymous himself turned him in.
on March 31,2013 | 08:17AM
honopic wrote:
That's why he's "anonymous" kaupani. All talk, no walk. Or maybe he's talking about himself and it's a cry for help!
on March 31,2013 | 08:31PM
agile wrote:
You should post his name anonymously somewhere: Facebook, Craigslist - whatever. By outing him, you may save a life if this guy is really driving drunk.
on March 31,2013 | 11:59AM
Workingrl wrote:
not sure why a demotion for comforting a fellow officer?
on March 31,2013 | 07:39AM
soundofreason wrote:
Yeah, a little vague on what that had to do with anything.
on March 31,2013 | 08:06AM
cojef wrote:
Yes, vague is being kind, could be the department do not want to admit that one of their own is a m--u. This Lt is an i---t for driving around in his condition knowing that he will stopped by the DUI patrol. If so, poor leadership material for sure.
on March 31,2013 | 08:43AM
kainalu wrote:
There are some good cops, and there are some bad cops ... just like the rest of society. The fact that they're cops however, should mean that they're all good. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
on March 31,2013 | 09:17AM
sailfish1 wrote:
They better post more of those "Don't Drink and Drive" posters INSIDE the police headquarters building.
on March 31,2013 | 09:55AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Tenari Maafala speak up for your member.
on March 31,2013 | 10:49AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
He will. It is the usual form letter response: "He is a good guy. He just makes mistakes. We will allow him to violate the law more while still arresting others for the same things he does."
on April 1,2013 | 12:13PM
agile wrote:
One alcoholic cop acknowledging another drunk cop. Sounds like biz as usual for HPD to me.
on March 31,2013 | 11:56AM
false wrote:
You could bet a million dollars that the "arresting" police officer won't show up in court. What are the odds of that?
on March 31,2013 | 02:53PM
Bully wrote:
I cant believe the cops had the balls to arrest him.
on March 31,2013 | 03:01PM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
Wow...Lot's of reaction to HPD....Very little reaction to the National debt and OB1's drunken spending!
on April 1,2013 | 04:25AM
jess wrote:
Where's the mugshot? If everyone else's is released, so should his. I wonder if he has an "practiced liver" like Arakawa did. At least this drunk driver didn't kill anyone! We're all human, we all make mistakes, I just hope HPD doesn't give this guy special treatment like they did for Arakawa. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/Apr/23/ln/ln04a.html
on April 1,2013 | 11:09AM
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