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Suspect in Makaha crash with police officer released

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:02 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2013

A Honolulu police officer remains in the hospital in critical condition following Friday night’s accident in Makaha where he was allegedly rear-ended by a drunken driver.

The suspect was arrested for drunk driving, two counts of negligent injury and driving without a license. He was released Sunday pending further investigation.

The accident occurred at 11:20 p.m. Friday on Farrington Highway near Kapakui Place.

The HPD officer, a 10-year veteran with the Kapolei district, was heading northbound, when he was allegedly hit by the suspect driving an SUV. The policeman lost control of his vehicle, rolled over, crashed through a brick wall and landed in a yard in front of a home. The SUV then hit a truck carrying nine people, going in the opposite direction. 

The HPD officer was taken to the Queen's Medical Center. The driver of the SUV and his passenger were also taken to a hospital for their injuries.

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SteveToo wrote:
You guys as so Politically Correct it's sickening. This statement is so full of PC it makes me want to throw up. "The HPD officer, a 10-year veteran with the Kapolei district, was heading northbound, when he was allegedly hit by the suspect driving an SUV. " Nothing allegedly about it. The dude hit him, other wise there would be no accident.
on June 10,2013 | 10:18AM
patk wrote:
The totaled police car shown in the picture is also allegedly damaged.
on June 10,2013 | 01:33PM
mrluke wrote:
I guess you could also say that the StarAdvertiser is ALLEGEDLY a newspaper!
on June 10,2013 | 09:23PM
Sunny wrote:
Another accident involving alcohol and driving without a license. Jail time is warranted here but will probably will just get a slap on the wrist!
on June 10,2013 | 10:51AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Amazing!!! There is virtually no question that he was the driver of the vehicle that created a disaster. There must be absolute proof that he was drunk. And, they release him??? If/when he causes another disaster, who's liable???
on June 10,2013 | 11:09AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Something needs to be done regarding these people driving drunk, no license. I can't believe that if you get a ticket for driving without license you still get to drive your car away. What's up with that. The City should impound the car and arrest the driver. Same goes for driving without insurance. Try figure that one out.
on June 10,2013 | 11:44AM
Jonas wrote:
He was released?!? Why?!?! Is there no proof that he was driving drunk? I just don't get it. I almost hope he drives drunk tonite, and gets into another accident and injures someone else. Then the victim's family can sue the court system for millions in punitive damages for letting him out. Then maybe the court system will learn.....but I doubt it. There is no justice anymore, just useless laws that do nothing to punish the guilty.
on June 10,2013 | 02:52PM
kailua1980 wrote:
The suspect should be held handcuffed in a jail cell with nothing but an IV for sustenance as long as the officer is in the hospital. Why he has been released is beyond understanding.
on June 10,2013 | 04:29PM
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