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Suspect takes dump truck on wild ride through Waikiki

By Nanea Kalani & Sarah Zoellick

LAST UPDATED: 10:32 a.m. HST, Jul 01, 2013

A 43-year-old man is in police custody Sunday after he allegedly stole a dump truck late Saturday night, hit two marked Honolulu Police Department cars, and drove the truck onto Waikiki Beach around midnight, police said.

Honolulu fire and police officers were searching waters off of Waikiki Beach early this morning for the man, of no local address, who allegedly stole a large dump truck that belonged to Kailua Construction Co. before jumping into the ocean. 

The suspect drove onto the sidewalk of Kalakaua Avenue, swiping trees, before he abandoned the truck on the shoreline in front of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel around midnight Sunday, witnesses and police said.

According to police records, the man entered the truck without permission around 11:48 p.m. Saturday, found the keys, and briefly drove around Waikiki — hitting two marked police cars — before coming to a stop on the sand.

A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter arrived on scene around 12:40 a.m. An officer said at the time the suspect had been spotted treading water off of the Kapahulu Groin pedestrian walkway.

Police located the man and arrested him around 1:30 a.m. on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment, and two counts of first-degree criminal property damage.

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on June 30,2013 | 05:22AM
RichardCory wrote:
on June 30,2013 | 06:08AM
1local wrote:
free room and board for the homeless and no foreseeable penalty - insurance should cover. Homeless are exempt from the law and society...
on June 30,2013 | 05:40PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Only Jesus can walk on water. The rest of us will sink.
on June 30,2013 | 08:10AM
pakeheat wrote:
That's why he couldn't get away, LOL.
on June 30,2013 | 03:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
Not with those holes in his feet.
on June 30,2013 | 05:07PM
8082062424 wrote:
If the person manage to go under Waikiki walls they would come out across the street by the zoo
on June 30,2013 | 06:09AM
pakeheat wrote:
How do you know that?
on June 30,2013 | 03:39PM
hanalei395 wrote:
That Kapahulu drainage is for the outlet flow of Kuekaunahi stream, which is under what is now Kapahulu avenue. The other streams that flowed into Waikiki, once an 'ahupua'a, were cut off by the Ala Wai canal.
on June 30,2013 | 06:10PM
8082062424 wrote:
as kids when Waikiki was flat we went exploring
on June 30,2013 | 06:51PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Maybe he'll do the taxpayers a favor and drown his miserable arse.
on June 30,2013 | 06:30AM
mikethenovice wrote:
People like that drown our budget. Lose-Lose.
on June 30,2013 | 08:11AM
allie wrote:
lot of stupidity out here.
on June 30,2013 | 07:11AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Tell us something we don't already know about.
on June 30,2013 | 08:11AM
olos73 wrote:
He must be related to the guy on Kauai that drove his truck into the ocean and tried to drive to Oahu. This guy trying to drive to Kauai, but couldn't reach the ocean.
on June 30,2013 | 08:47AM
goodday wrote:
on June 30,2013 | 10:17AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Too bad he didnt have lead weights attached to himself.....
on June 30,2013 | 08:54AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Nanea.......you get a byline for a four para piece? Your first line says ".....fire and police officers are searching". Your last line says ".....,,firefighters detained the man in the water and police arrested him." Change your headline to POLICE FOUND instead of POLICE are SEARCHING. Next time let Allison Schaffers help you write a story. She can make that four paragraph story into forty and get the headline right.
on June 30,2013 | 09:52AM
allie wrote:
SA is often as sloppy as it is shallow in covering the news
on June 30,2013 | 11:40AM
pakeheat wrote:
Is she the one that did the article on Waikiki prostitution? No wonder it's misleading like this one, LOL.
on June 30,2013 | 03:42PM
pakeheat wrote:
I was referring to Allison Schaffers that did the article, she was way off
on June 30,2013 | 06:17PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Schaffers did the prostie article. I think she hates men. This was a very anti "John" article that came out on Father's Day no less.
on June 30,2013 | 07:37PM
hikine wrote:
How the heck did he manage to find the key? It's negligent in part of the company that owned the vehicle!
on June 30,2013 | 12:05PM
cojef wrote:
Good observation, some lolo employee left the key where the this misfit could get it and led the police on a merry chase at taxpayer expense as usual. Wonder where the liability rests.
on June 30,2013 | 02:05PM
pakeheat wrote:
It was there in plain view and said, anyone here is the key, take it for a joy ride, LOL.
on June 30,2013 | 03:43PM
8082062424 wrote:
it was a white guy. Im shocked really thought it would be a bunch of local kids not a 43 year old white guy
on June 30,2013 | 06:53PM
IAmSane wrote:
Yes, because white people never commit crimes. /s
on June 30,2013 | 07:53PM
8082062424 wrote:
not this kind of crimes . you would think stupid young people
on June 30,2013 | 08:49PM
mamacita808 wrote:
In the construction industry, it's not uncommon to leave keys hidden somewhere on the equipment.
on July 1,2013 | 08:54AM
niimi wrote:
Never works to leave the keys in the visor, under the seat or on the left rear tire. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
on June 30,2013 | 02:05PM
Bdpapa wrote:
So that's what happened to Kapiolani Park. A bunch of parking meters was leveled and the grass in the park was all dug out from the truck. The park had pretty extensive damage. Also triangle park on Diamomd Head Road was damaged.
on June 30,2013 | 02:35PM
whatcanisay wrote:
Where was the truck stolen from? Did it start out at Triangle Park? Boy, he did take for a joy ride!
on July 1,2013 | 08:46AM
scooters wrote:
Just say YES to Drugs...
on June 30,2013 | 03:14PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Par for the town side course
on June 30,2013 | 11:35PM
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