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Police arrest man who drove van into Ala Wai

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:56 p.m. HST, May 14, 2014

A driver apparently lost control of a speeding van, which hit a curb, went airborne, hit a coconut tree and plunged into the Ala Wai Canal early Wednesday morning.

The 29-year-old Waimanalo man was able to get out of the van on his own. Police said the van had been reported stolen.

Police arrested the driver at the scene near Kalakaua Avenue about 4:15 a.m. for investigation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, driving without a license, and auto theft. Paramedics then took him to the hospital in serious condition.

Waikiki resident Tim DeVault said he heard the crash from the Hawaiian Monarch on the corner of Niu Street and Ala Wai Boulevard.

"The sound was an apocalyptic spin-out, then there was a huge bang," he said by phone.

He left his apartment to investigate and saw the man already out of the canal and a rescue diver trying to locate the van submerged in the murky water.

DeVault said he heard the man tell an emergency responder that he didn't know what happened.

Tow trucks were called to the scene at about 5 a.m. to remove a Dodge Caravan, but could not remove the vehicle, which was completely submerged in the canal.

The tow truck operators said removing the van could be expensive.

A spokesman from the mayor's office said police contacted All Island Towing to remove the van.

The vehicle owner is usually charged for the tow, but in this case, since the vehicle was stolen, the suspect is likely to be billed, the spokesman said.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which manages for the canal, is allowing police to take the lead because the case involves a stolen vehicle, said department spokeswoman Deborah Ward.

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markat wrote:
Headline should read "Scum found in the Ala Wai".
on May 14,2014 | 06:40AM
palani wrote:
Except the Ala Wai is already so dirty, the scum would have been indistinguishable from the sewage.
on May 14,2014 | 06:57AM
soundofreason wrote:
This guy is pollution to the sewage.
on May 14,2014 | 07:53AM
Grimbold wrote:
A certain segment of the population commits most of the crimes because of the revolving door policy of our judicial system. This underclass has to be locked up for good.
on May 14,2014 | 08:48PM
scooters wrote:
Too bad about the van being destroyed but good deal for the punk driver!
on May 14,2014 | 06:47AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Before that van was destroyed, it was worth more than that punk driver. But now, unfortunately, it's the same worth. However, sold as scrap, it'll be back, being worth more than that punk.
on May 14,2014 | 07:43AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I learned in Criminology class that severe punishment works best to deter crimes of premeditation, such as car theft. Currently, a car thief has no deterrent and as several commentators have noted, the innocent owner of the car that was stolen has been robbed of the value of the stolen car because it is now a total loss after being submerged in the Ala Wai. For these criminals a reasonable deterrent punishment is caning or whipping. The criminal has no money to pay the owner back so take it out of his back (hide).
on May 14,2014 | 04:04PM
scooters wrote:
Agreed. But let the owner of the stolen vehicle do the canning..Can you say "Ouch"...
on May 14,2014 | 04:48PM
Grimbold wrote:
Finally an inspired comment. I wished all folks would think like that.
on May 14,2014 | 08:50PM
ryan02 wrote:
He's going to sue the City for not having a guard rail along the Ala Wai that could have prevented his stolen van from entering the canal, and for not cleaning up the Ala Wai which lead to his eye infection. And the City will settle for $1.2 million payment, based on the recommendation of Corporation Counsel.
on May 14,2014 | 06:50AM
kiragirl wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 08:03AM
wahine wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 07:01AM
cojef wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 07:24AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No sense of humor. You didn't get it. (Hint: Quotation marks).
on May 14,2014 | 07:50AM
NotNasti wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 09:12AM
kauai wrote:
Ma car!, ma car!
on May 14,2014 | 11:11AM
den wrote:
who stole my "car ma"?
on May 14,2014 | 12:23PM
sak wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 04:37PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Has the flesh eating bacteria taken a hold of this criminal yet?
on May 14,2014 | 07:24AM
joseph007 wrote:
With glorious leader Keith Kaneshiro, charges will probably not be forthcoming until 3 year "investigation", hoping (and probably right) the public will forget this. If prosecuted by another city prosecutor after Kaneshiro, Judge Ahn will give this guy a few years probation.
on May 14,2014 | 08:22AM
NotNasti wrote:
You obviously don't know Judge Ahn, the "second" prosecutor in the courtroom.
on May 14,2014 | 09:21AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Correction NotNasti -- Judge Ahn is the first prosecutor in the courtroom.
on May 14,2014 | 04:07PM
HanabataDays wrote:
This reminds me of what happened to the cowboy-western band's van in Blues Brothers.
on May 14,2014 | 09:17AM
kiragirl wrote:
The band's name is The Good Ole Boys. Classic movie.
on May 14,2014 | 10:46AM
kauai wrote:
"Rolling, rolling, rolling. Stolen van is rolling. Flip the van while rolling, rawhide...."
on May 14,2014 | 11:17AM
cojef wrote:
Got a singer in the house.
on May 14,2014 | 11:22AM
leahi2 wrote:
Would the taxpayers have to foot the bill for the removal of the Van? The thief obviously has no money. Well how about the owner's auto insurance? Wouldn't it have some coverage for theft? The prosecutor will have to hang everybody related to this thief. They ought to send him off to Afghanistan!
on May 14,2014 | 09:21AM
NotNasti wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 12:09PM
BigErn wrote:
Too bad he didn't drown
on May 14,2014 | 09:27AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
"Police arrest man who drove van into Ala Wai"

I think this man has already been punished enough (shudder!)

on May 14,2014 | 09:50AM
kauai wrote:
Nah, not enough punishment yet. He needs to get a serious case of sores and boils, then an attack of flesh-eating bacteria with a dose of leptospirosis for good measure.
on May 14,2014 | 11:15AM
cojef wrote:
The last one sounds bad spirosis.
on May 14,2014 | 11:24AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Kauai, my suggested punishment of caning or whipping is better. If the thief gets those diseases, we the taxpayers have to pay his medical bills.
on May 14,2014 | 04:12PM
808Cindy wrote:
Prison !!! Go straight to JAIL !! I hope you never come out for at least 40 Years !!
on May 14,2014 | 10:00AM
rayhawaii wrote:
on May 14,2014 | 10:54AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Dave the van in the canal with all the washing machines, shopping carts and other appliances so the tilapia can have a home.
on May 14,2014 | 10:54AM
iwanaknow wrote:
For Sale: Van with slight water damage.
on May 14,2014 | 11:13AM
Grimbold wrote:
I am missing the bleeding heart comments. Are they all hiding in their holes?
on May 14,2014 | 08:52PM
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