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Arrest made in connection with Kahekili crash

Honolulu police arrested a 24-year-old man wanted in connection with a spectacular crash on Kahekili Highway on Tuesday that involved a stolen pickup truck.

Nainoa Neill-Mesiona was located today in Waikiki and arrested on multiple warrants.

Neill-Mesiona is believed to have been the driver of the truck, which was stolen in Aina Haina on Tuesday. Police identified the truck and followed it from Wahiawa to Temple Valley when it veered off the highway, hit a pole and flipped over multiple times.

Police said Neill-Mesiona fled the scene on foot and was somehow able to evade a subsequent search.

Honolulu Police Department Deputy Chief John McCarthy said today that Neill-Mesiona likely had help.

“He didn’t walk (to Waikiki),” McCarthy said.

Neill-Mesiona was arrested on two parole-revocation warrants and three contempt warrants and was being held in lieu of $40,000 in aggregate bail. As of today, he had not yet been charged in connection with the theft of the truck.

McCarthy said Neill-Mesiona was treated at the Queen’s Medical Center for a minor injury sustained in the crash before he was arrested.

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