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Motorist targets 2 solo-bike officers; Pali traffic jammed

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A motorist accused of trying to kill two Honolulu police motorcycle officers at two different Oahu locations was arrested Thursday afternoon in an incident that clogged Kailua-bound traffic on the Pali Highway.

Neither officer suffered serious injuries. The driver was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

Police said a 22-year-old man was speeding in a silver Scion on H-3 in Kaneohe near Mokapu Saddle Road at 12:45 p.m. when he passed a motorcycle officer conducting traffic enforcement. The officer pursued the sedan to the intersection of the H-3 and Kamehameha Highway, where the driver went off the road, police said. The officer approached the vehicle on foot, and the driver allegedly swerved the vehicle toward the officer before driving off.

A homicide officer said the driver tried to strike the first officer.

A solo bike officer followed the Scion, which eventually headed Honolulu-bound on the Pali Highway. The Scion hit the median and a sign near the intersection of Pali Highway and Nuuanu/Pali Drive, where it reversed and struck the pursuing solo bike officer, police said. 

The driver then drove back toward Kailua and struck a vehicle near the intersection of Pali and Kamehameha highways shortly after 1 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.

The accident and investigation clogged afternoon traffic on the Pali. After a roughly two-hour closure, police opened up the left-turn, town-bound lane of Nuuanu Pali Drive just before 4:30 p.m.

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