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DUI case for police lieutenant rescheduled

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:11 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

The case of a Honolulu Police Department lieutenant who was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant in Waikiki in March has been rescheduled for Oct. 25 in District Court, the city prosecutors office said.

Lt. Colin Wong, a 27-year HPD veteran, was arrested on March 30 near the Modern Honolulu Hotel after he allegedly hit a parked car. He was reportedly off-duty at the time. Police arrested Wong for driving under the influence of an intoxicant and refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer and blood-alcohol test. 

Both offenses are petty misdemeanors. He faces a yearlong revocation of his driver's license, up to 30 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Wong remains on restricted duty, according to his attorney, R. Patrick McPherson.

The case was dismissed in September by District Judge David Lo without prejudice because the arresting police officer, David Yomes, was unavailable to testify due to a pre-planned vacation, said McPherson. Also, the 180-day time limit for a speedy trial was going to lapse. Under state law, the trial has to be held within six months from the time of an arrest or indictment, but city prosecutors quickly refiled the charges after the hearing.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Rescheduled until after happy hour?
on October 15,2013 | 07:57AM
joseph007 wrote:
no, rescheduled until the public is not looking and forgets.
on October 16,2013 | 07:32AM
BigOpu wrote:
That guy Yomes going always have pre-planned vacaton around trial time. They enforce the game, of course they going know how to play the game.
on October 15,2013 | 08:46AM
RichardCory wrote:
I'm willing to bet anything the arresting officer will be on another "vacation" on October 25. Keep that blue wall alive.
on October 15,2013 | 08:47AM
fiveo wrote:
Hope you guys in the media follow-up on this case. I have nothing against Lt Wong. We all make mistakes and God know, I have done my share of driving while intoxicated. The problem here is that because this guy is a police officer, he may get to skate whereas Joe public would have already gotten nailed for having done the same identical thing. Have a feeling Officer Yomes is going to be a no show again when it comes to court day. Where is SHOPO Pres Tenari Ma'afala when you need him?
on October 15,2013 | 09:09AM
NorthShore wrote:
this should read "EX police lieutenant rescheduled"
on October 15,2013 | 09:38AM
Rickyboy wrote:
SHOPO the blue wall of SILENCE is getting louder. MAAFALA what a mess . The arresting officer is stuck behind the wall for doing the right thing. What you gonna do ?.
on October 15,2013 | 10:53AM
joseph007 wrote:
two cops, arrested and convicted in Las Vegas of smoking, possession of dope, were allowed back on the force here in Honolulu with Maafala's influence. what a mess these people are.
on October 16,2013 | 07:34AM
cojef wrote:
Suspended sentence for sure!!!! We don't want him to lose his pay and the unions will not allow him to be fired.
on October 15,2013 | 10:54AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Let's see if they are held to the same standards as the rest of us.
on October 15,2013 | 11:25AM
islandboy1562 wrote:
This one will quietly be swept under the rug, and forgotten - that's how the game is played. Judges don't want to be involved in these types of cases and this will eventually be quietly thrown out.
on October 15,2013 | 12:02PM
Bully wrote:
Arresting officer is on vacation, thats just dumb.
on October 15,2013 | 12:48PM
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