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Deputies arrest motorist accused in police officer's death in 2012

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:15 p.m. HST, Aug 10, 2013

State sheriff’s deputies arrested the motorist believed responsible for the freeway collision that killed a Honolulu Police Department officer last year.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging Scott Ebert with manslaughter in the Jan. 21, 2012, death of officer Garret Davis.

Ebert was arrested on Friday. His bail was set at $100,000.

According to police, Davis had stopped his blue-and-white HPD patrol car in the left eastbound lane of the H-1 freeway near the Kaonohi Street overpass to assist another driver whose vehicle had a blown tire.

Prosecutors said Ebert’s truck was traveling at 83 mph when it crashed into the back of Davis’ car.

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niimi wrote:
that long?
on August 10,2013 | 10:35PM
hikine wrote:
"Believe responsible"? There's no either or, the driver DID kill the officer!
on August 10,2013 | 10:50PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Never heard of innocent until proven guilty...that why its either"believed responsible or allegedly"......
on August 10,2013 | 11:12PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Would you like to buy a question mark?
on August 11,2013 | 02:04AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT resident, surely you joke. "Innocent until proven guilty" Is one of our rights while in America.
on August 11,2013 | 09:20AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure who the detectives were but someone is clearly over paid here. Clearly, since he was the guy who crashed into the back of the officers car, that he was the one who was responsible. There is no "alleged" and it is unacceptable for it to have taken this long for an arrest. The cops knew within hours of the death that this guy was doing 83...
on August 10,2013 | 11:31PM
droid wrote:
It does seem odd that Ebert’s bail was set so low. This guy is a repeat offender! This is not the first time he was caught speeding well over the limit. It is the first time his carelessness caused the death of an HPD officer who was only assisting a motorist on the side of the road. If I was the judge, I would order this guy held without bail. Roger Christie is being held without bail, and is still waiting for trial after three years. All he did was smoke a little grass. This Ebert guy can get out by posting a measly 100 grand?

He can pay bail bondsman $15,000 and skip town.
on August 11,2013 | 01:48AM
Pocho wrote:
although speeding, I believe he did not the intent to hit Officer Davis's car or meant to kill him. Yes, he has a speeding problem but still it wasn't premeditated.
on August 11,2013 | 06:32AM
omd111 wrote:
Yes...he did not "intend" to hit Office Davis' car or "mean" to kill him. But he did with his negligence and recklessness. He has a problem with being irresponsible and self centered. Many drivers on the road only think about themselves and drive reckless and he is one of them. These are the kinds of people who cause the major accidents.
on August 11,2013 | 07:12AM
sak wrote:
Also most likely without any assets, insurance, or job?
on August 11,2013 | 05:51PM
tasod wrote:
He was (is?) a federal firefighter, going to some military deployment from his house in Mililani tech park. As a firefighter it should be murder as he should more than aware what a high-speed accident can cause.
on August 11,2013 | 08:07PM
COlohe1 wrote:
Yeah, he only wen like papaa him little bit.
on August 11,2013 | 07:24AM
peepee wrote:
He was indicted for manslaughter, not premeditated murder (murder in the first degree). Acting recklessly and causing someone's death or injury is a crime.
on August 11,2013 | 08:14AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The prosecutor agrees with you ... hence the manslaughter charge.
on August 11,2013 | 04:02PM
BRock wrote:
You don 't have a clue either.
on August 11,2013 | 01:13PM
pakeheat wrote:
Do you know what happens when or if he skips town after posting bail, the bail bondsman will be responsible in paying the remaining bail, you think they would take a chance?
on August 11,2013 | 04:39PM
BRock wrote:
You really don't have a clue.
on August 11,2013 | 01:12PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I know more about this case than you could possibly imagine - including salaries. Please troll elsewhere...
on August 11,2013 | 02:10PM
joseph007 wrote:
Normally, he'd get probation. However since it's a HPD officer, prob. get 20 years....Justice is what "they" want it to be.
on August 11,2013 | 07:24AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Indicted on Jan.21, 2012, and only arrested now? You'd think that HPD would be putting extra effort into apprehending this scum who killed one of their own. What has this guy (and HPD) been doing for over a year and a half? This is an ISLAND for God's sake! How difficult can it be?
on August 11,2013 | 11:00AM
Hookup wrote:
The incident occurred on Jan. 21, 2012. He wasn't indicted by the Grand Jury until this past Tuesday....thus, the arrest a few days later. The case was probably being reviewed within the P:rosecutor's Office all this time until they decided to present this case for an indictment.
on August 11,2013 | 04:44PM
Mypualani wrote:
The Police can only gather the evidence it's the grand jury and the prosecutors office that decide on what goes as far as cases go.
on August 12,2013 | 12:06AM
nitpikker wrote:
why was he free until now? so he could kill more people with his drunk driving???
on August 11,2013 | 12:36PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The prosecutor's fault .... Keith Kanashiro is incompetent. Too busy busting game room operators for gambling, clients of prostitution and pimps.
on August 11,2013 | 04:05PM
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