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Car theft suspect pursuit causes standstill


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.

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  • Think of all the “cell phone use while in a moving (however slowly) vehicle” tickets that went unissued! Punishment deferred is punishment denied.

      • This is where HPD has the descretion of applying “spirit of the law” not “letter of the law” for enforcement…good job East Honolulu HPD for not tagging people. At least not like a repeat when the last time when the zippmobile broke down.

      • It’s perfectly acceptable if reporting a serious accident or crime, or if trying to summon medical assistance in an emergency – certainly not for calling to tell your boss or your friends you’ll be late for a date or for chitchatting, texting or playing games to pass the time in traffic.

  • If no one was injured, why did HPD close a major highway and inconvenience thousands for 2 hours? To investigate a juvenile driving a stolen car? I mean this is just complete disregard for the people that pay their salaries. Absolutely no sense of urgency when it comes to minimizing the inconvenience to the public. People can understand when an accident results in serious injury or death but in this case they could have just pulled the 3 cars involved off to a side street and reopened the road right away.
    Great job Kealoha, you definately exceed expectations.

    • Probably because of road construction work combined with HPD shutting down town bound lanes messed up traffic in BOTH directions. Road construction on major highways should only be done late at night but union overtime rules and homes built so close to the roadways make night road work rare on Oahu. On the mainland and in foreign countries it is opposite and almost all work is done late at night to minimize disruption of heavy daytime traffic.

    • Clueless replies. That’s an obvious error in the article. There’s no way a traffic stop in front of Kalani HS could cause “Waimanalo-bound” traffic to back up “past Sandy”. They’re ten miles apart and traffic wouldn’t back up that direction.

      Honolulu-bound, yeah (and if so, what a huge mess!) Or if this happened by Sea Life Park like Bucky Lake, yeah.

        • You remind me of a very dear friend of mine who worked out there at the end of his colorful career… “Jack ’em!”.

          Jeez, thinking about it now, I really miss that guy.

  • One officer neat sighted the other, gravity challenged. Let’s switch officers,ok. New picture has officer gravity sitting on suspect and near sighted one running into the open door.

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