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Suspect's struggle with HPD detailed in court documents

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 09:58 p.m. HST, Mar 31, 2014

A police officer pulled out his gun, but did not fire at a suspect who dragged another officer while attempting to drive away in a stolen car in McCully last week, according to court documents.

The officer, who was dragged about 150 feet, was injured during a struggle for control of the stolen car, as was another officer involved in the arrest of 31-year-old Darryl Higgins of Ewa Beach, according to a police affidavit that details the arrest.

The incident began in the afternoon on March 25, when three plainclothes officers followed Higgins after he was seen speeding on Kalakaua Avenue near Philip Street.

The officers followed Higgins to a Tesoro gas station at Punahou and King streets and ran a license plate check, which showed the silver 1999 Honda had been stolen a day earlier in Kailua, the affidavit said.

When Higgins got out of the vehicle to go to the cashier booth, officers approached the Honda and said: "Police. Get on the ground," according to the affidavit.

Higgins ignored the police commands and jumped into the vehicle. One of the officers attempting to stop Higgins was then pulled into the driver's side of the car, with his legs hanging out of the vehicle.

Higgins drove the car 150 feet with the officer, who was on top of the suspect, hanging out of the vehicle and fighting for control of the gear shifter.

One of the officers drew his handgun and continued yelling verbal commands at Higgins from the passenger side. Realizing that he was too close to the officer struggling with Higgins, the officer did not fire the gun, the affidavit said.

The stolen Honda accelerated out of the gas station, hitting a curb and narrowly missed a utility pole on Punahou Street. The Honda broadsided a pickup truck and was then hit by a van making a right turn from King Street onto Punahou Street.

Even after the collision, Higgins continued to resist arrest and tried to flee, climbing over a woman passenger in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

The officer who was dragged, suffered multiple contusions on his left arm, shoulder and lower back, the affidavit said.

Higgins's injuries included bruises to his face and upper body area.

The 27-year-old woman passenger sustained a broken ankle. She was arrested on suspicion of car theft, but was not charged.

A second plainclothes police officer injured his right arm attempting to help drag Higgins out of the car before the suspect sped out of the gas station.

Higgins has been charged with first-degree attempted assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, auto theft and third-degree promotion of dangerous drug and use of drug paraphernalia. His bail is set at $25,000.

Higgins's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in District Court.

Initially, Higgins was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, resisting arrest and auto theft. Prosecutors later reduced the charge of first-degree attempted murder to first-degree attempted assault. 

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cojef wrote:
No pictures of the injured officers? Appears like the perpetrator got banged up pretty bad from the "accident"??
on March 31,2014 | 02:17PM
nolerd wrote:
And your point being?
on March 31,2014 | 03:08PM
pueouhane wrote:
He fell.
on March 31,2014 | 11:15PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
You're right - too bad they couldn't pull a Deedy on this loser, that would have been cause for celebration.
on March 31,2014 | 11:15PM
PokeStop wrote:
Looks like HPD dragged Higgins to the cell block! Throw the key away and use Higgins as a punching bag.
on March 31,2014 | 02:20PM
Skyler wrote:
No need. He was trying to harm officers, gave zero concern to their safety or to his passenger. He deserves worse, but within the law - not just 'beat up.'
on March 31,2014 | 05:40PM
gobows wrote:
he got POUNDED!
on March 31,2014 | 02:24PM
inverse wrote:
No he didn't. When Higgins hit the others cars, he was not wearing a seat belt and his head and face mashed into the steering wheel and rear veiw mirror which caused most of the lacerations and bruises seen on his face. There might have been incidental contact by HPD on Higgins but only because Higgins was a threat to the innocent female passenger that Higgins might have attempted to take hostage. Everyone stick with this recollection of events and any shyster lawsuit claiming Higgins was "pounded" will not be successful.
on March 31,2014 | 03:06PM
gobows wrote:
incidental night stick contact.
on March 31,2014 | 05:05PM
jayz43 wrote:
Kden. That's our story and we're sticking to it...
on March 31,2014 | 07:46PM
Kermit11 wrote:
buggah got buss up.....chronic gets what he deserved!
on March 31,2014 | 02:24PM
50skane wrote:
Exactly!! Got what he deserved!!
on March 31,2014 | 08:02PM
GoldenRule wrote:
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on March 31,2014 | 02:42PM
HIE wrote:
Did you read the article? The officer who pulled his gun couldn't get a clean shot, because another officer was physically engaged with the perp at the time. He might have accidentally shot and killed his fellow officer. This is real life, not Bourne Identity.
on March 31,2014 | 04:23PM
paniolo wrote:
His car was one of them that had a recall for faulty air bags.
on March 31,2014 | 04:20PM
Skyler wrote:
Well since he crashed into one vehicle & was hit by another - they probably deployed into his face.
on March 31,2014 | 05:41PM
Duck wrote:
if that was the result of an airbag deploying in his face then maybe I should connect my airbags to my alarm system instead of the siren.
on March 31,2014 | 06:53PM
Skyler wrote:
They can burn skin and break collar bones - sounds like a good deterrent to me. :-)
on March 31,2014 | 10:14PM
mineeyes wrote:
Actually airbags did not come out til 1993. So his face was his own air bag.
on March 31,2014 | 09:15PM
kukunaokala wrote:
Higgins already got the attempted murder charges pled down to attempted assault. The drug charges almost guarantee he will be sentenced to HOPE probation or drug court instead of facing incarceration.
on March 31,2014 | 04:57PM
kaiakea wrote:
I have absolutely no problem with how busted up this guy looks. If he were in any other country except the United States he would have had his brains blown out for such dangerous behavior. But what is wrong with that? The innocent have rights just the same as this guy, or losers like him.
on March 31,2014 | 05:31PM
Anonymous wrote:
Maybe that's how he normally looks. Kids: "Don't do meth...not even once."
on March 31,2014 | 05:48PM
40black wrote:
hahahahaha too funny
on March 31,2014 | 11:10PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
Why wasn't the car taken care of? (Block access, turn it off, pull out the key. ) There were 3 officers, one of them needed to make sure the car couldn't be used to get away.
on March 31,2014 | 05:55PM
kainalu wrote:
The punk is lucky to be alive.
on March 31,2014 | 06:21PM
copperwire9 wrote:
How do you turn right from King Street onto Punahou? Should be 'left,' eh? Or 'right' turn from Beretania Street.
on March 31,2014 | 06:53PM
fstop wrote:
Punahou crosses King St.
on March 31,2014 | 09:53PM
sailfish1 wrote:
3 officers and they couldn't stop him from getting into the car and drive off? We need some quicker officers.
on March 31,2014 | 07:16PM
2NDC wrote:
Sexy buggah no?
on March 31,2014 | 08:50PM
hon2255 wrote:
The punk slipped and fell on his face too bad. Think about the damaged you've caused to yourself , your family, other peoples lives you have affected all in a negative way, pay backs a b- tch! Rot in prison and think about it !
on March 31,2014 | 09:52PM
40black wrote:
yeah!!! that inmate got all the ice cream and cake he could handle!!! LOLl!! good for that idiot
on March 31,2014 | 11:08PM
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