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Officer critically injured by alleged drunk driver in Makaha


  • Honolulu police investigate a 3-vehicle crash in Makaha that critically injured a police officer. (Courtesy Hawaii News Now)
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A Honolulu police officer was critically injured after his sport utility vehicle was hit from behind by an alleged drunk driver in Makaha Friday night, police said.

Paramedics also took a woman in her 30s to the hospital in stable-to-critical condition. A four-year-old boy was also injured, but was in stable condition. according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Police said the driver of a white SUV headed toward Makaha rear-ended the officer’s vehicle on Farrington Highway near Makaha surfing beach and then hit another vehicle at about 11:21 p.m.

The impact sent the officer’s SUV through a brick wall into the front yard of a home along the highway. The white SUV crossed the center line after the collision and hit another vehicle traveling town-bound on the highway, police said.

Speed was a factor in the crash, police said. The driver of the white SUV, a 33-year-old Makaha man, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

The driver and a passenger of the white SUV were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The officer, a man in his mid-30s, remained in critical condition this morning, police said.

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