Traffic came to a standstill for town-bound motorists on Kalanianaole Highway near Kalani High School after the suspect in a motor vehicle theft apparently crashed into at least two other moving vehicles while attempting to flee pursuing police late this morning.
No one was injured. A male juvenile was arrested at the scene, police said.
Initial reports suggest the suspect got caught up in traffic caused by a road construction project along Kalanianaole, and then began taking desperate measures, police said.
The center lanes of Kalanianaole westbound were closed at about 10:46 a.m. and reopened about two hours later.
East Honolulu Twitter users tweeted that not only was townbound traffic backed up all the way to Keahole Street, but that Waimanalo-bound traffic along Kalanianaole was backed up past Sandy’s.
East Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa was among those caught up in the traffic jam for more than an hour. As a result, an honorary certificate presentation he was scheduled to make at the Hawaii Scottish Festival at Ala Moana Park’s McCoy Pavilion had to be pushed back, he said.