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Police seek car theft suspect after wrong-way crash on Likelike

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 10:36 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2011

Police are looking for a suspect as the possible driver of a stolen Lexus that was driven the wrong way on the Likelike Highway and crashed into a police car while trying to elude authorities.

Police arrested 33-year-old Mililani man, possibly a passenger, at the scene of the crash near Wilson Street just past Kalihi Valley Homes. But the other suspect fled on foot after the crash.

The suspect in custody and the police officer from the Kalihi district were not injured. 

The incident began on the Windward side of the Wilson Tunnel. The black Lexus, heading in the Honolulu direction, crossed over to the Kaneohe-bound lanes of the Likelike Highway and hit the police car near the Wilson Street intersection. 

The police car, which was going in the right direction on the highway, swerved to try to avoid the stolen car, officers said. 

Police closed the Kaneohe-bound lanes of the highway for three hours following the collision at about 2:30 a.m. Motorists traveling to the Windward side were diverted off the highway to surface streets at Kalihi Street. Police reopened the highway at 6:06 a.m.

The 33-year-old suspect was taken to the Beretania street cellblock and held on a motor vehicle charges. Court records show the suspect has four drug and burglary felony convictions and six misdemeanor convictions, starting in 1997.

Police are investigating the incident as possible case of attempted murder. 

The Lexus sustained extensive damage to its front end. Most of the damage to the police car was on the right rear side of the vehicle.

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