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3 HPD officers hurt as traffic stop leads to mayhem

    A utility pole on Lanikuhana Avenue was ripped from the ground and pieces of it were scattered in the intersection in Mililani Wednesday. (Courtesy Hawaii News Now)

Three Honolulu police officers were injured and in stable condition and a 47-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after a traffic stop in Wahiawa led to a police chase that ended with a car crash in Mililani.

Police said an officer pulled the man over for driving with expired registration and safety tags at about 11 a.m. on Ohai Place in Wahiawa.

When officers approached the parked car, the driver “tried to run them over,” a police spokeswomen said in an email statement.

The vehicle hit and injured one of the officers and another was forced to jump out of the way, police said.

The driver fled in the car, and police cars pursued the car to Mililani, where the vehicle was seen moving erratically before crashing into a light post on Makaimoimo Street near Lanikuhana Avenue.

The driver got out of the car and allegedly assaulted police officers who tried to arrest him, police said. Two more officers were hurt in the incident with one suffering substantial bodily injury and the other bodily injury, said police.

Officers arrested the driver on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault, reckless driving, refusing to stop and resisting arrest.

Police also arrested the female passenger, a minor on charges unrelated to Wednesday’s incident.

City Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene at Lanikuhana Avenue, transporting a man to a trauma center with injury to his arm.

The three officers have 12, 14 and 26 years of service with the Honolulu Police Department and are assigned to the District 2 Crime Reduction Unit in Central Oahu.

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