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HPD officer's DUI trial pushed back to January

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:07 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2013

The Honolulu Police Department lieutenant, who was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant in March, will go on trial Jan. 13.

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. Wong was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant and refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer and blood-alcohol test. 

After several delays, Wong's case was supposed to be tried in September. 

However, a District Court judge dismissed the case without prejudice because the arresting police officer, David Yomes, was unavailable to testify due to a pre-planned vacation. Also, the 180-day time limit for a speedy trial was going to lapse. Under state law, a trial has to be held within six months from the time of an arrest or indictment.

City prosecutors quickly refiled the charges and Wong entered a plea of not guilty at his new arraignment Friday.

Both offenses are petty misdemeanors. Wong, who is a member of HPD's SWAT team, faces a year-long revocation of his driver's license, up to 30 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Wong remains on restricted duty.

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Bully wrote:
He should be fired.
on October 29,2013 | 10:13AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
It seems like that our HPD have become a protected class and above the laws they supposed to enforce. Recent trials of the HPD captain who had his meth, extortion and tipping off criminals charges dropped. The marijuana cop who got 8 months while his girlfriend got 3 years


The cop who got smoking weed, fleeing, resisting arrest and had to pepper sprayed in Vegas is now back on the HPD.


And any time a HPD officer runs over a pedestrian the amount of chicanery that goes on to get them off is disgusting.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and woman who do the difficult and thankless job of law enforcement, but think they should be held to the same standards as the rest of us.

on October 29,2013 | 10:21AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Excellent post, Kalaheo.
on October 29,2013 | 12:15PM
chryw8 wrote:
i think they should be held to higher standards than the general public.
on October 29,2013 | 03:26PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Timely vacation for Yomes. Good thing the case was dismissed without prejudice so it could be re-filed. I hope the DA's office gets their act together better than they did the last time.
on October 29,2013 | 10:41AM
SueH wrote:
Face it. A 27 year "good 'ole boy" veteran cop isn't going to see his retirement trashed over a single DUI case. He'll walk, for sure.
on October 29,2013 | 11:26AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Chief Kealoha must be proud of his subordinates in supervisory positions. The BLUE line mus not be broken. Where's the pride, honor and respect of wearing the uniform. Getting murky as to who the bad guys are.
on October 29,2013 | 01:06PM
mcc wrote:
My tax dollars continue to pay him. Police, police themselves, doesn't work.
on October 29,2013 | 04:39PM
BRock wrote:
You sons of beaches need to have a sense of proportion about this incident. It seems to me that he is being prosecuted and being held accountable for his actions like anyone else.
on October 30,2013 | 02:25AM
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