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Police arrest man suspected of knocking over Kalakaua utility pole

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:31 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2014

The downed utility pole that closed a portion of Kalakaua Avenue for nearly 12 hours Thursday was caused by a drunken driver, police said.

Wayne Ramel, 56, was arrested for drunk driving, driving without a license and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday after he lost control of the car he was driving near Makaloa Street and hit a utility pole, bringing it and another pole down.

Kalakaua Avenue was closed until 1 p.m. while Hawaiian Telcom crews fixed the poles.

However, telephone users in the area were not affected since no phone cables were severed.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Story says Hawaiian Telcom, while photo says Hawaiian Electric and it appears the truck in the photo is from Hawaiian Telcom.
on January 10,2014 | 09:44AM
HanabataDays wrote:
The photo captioner refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.
on January 10,2014 | 09:49AM
kuniagirl wrote:
you win! best comment of the day.
on January 10,2014 | 10:33AM
nitpikker wrote:
impound, impound, impound. or illegal drivers will keep driving illegally.
on January 10,2014 | 10:10AM
syhud wrote:
Probably just left a K-bar drunk then boom! Too much " you buy me drinky " action, thats why.
on January 10,2014 | 01:31PM
Jonas wrote:
give him the chair!
on January 10,2014 | 02:42PM
honopic wrote:
After this guy is convicted of drunk driving, no license and refusing a breathalyzer test, pays his fines and/or does his time, he should be billed for the cost to repair the poles, including overtime for the Hawaiian Telcom workers. It's a sure thing that much of tha 12 hours it took to clean up his mess was at overtime rates. He won't have any time to be drinking until 2:30 A.M. when he's working 3 jobs to pay his debts, and getting to each of them on The Bus or on foot.
on January 10,2014 | 06:53PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
The second paragraph is a single run-on sentence with 48 words. Sad. Even a middle schooler could've written better.
on January 11,2014 | 04:15AM
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