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Hawaii County charges Pahoa woman for allegedly ramming police cars and injuring officer

  • COURTESY HAWAII COUNTY POLICE

    Rina-Lee Yaeko Shimizu

Hawaii County police have charged a 38-year-old Pahoa woman after she allegedly rammed a police vehicle and injured a patrol officer Wednesday night in Kalapana before fleeing the scene.

Rina-Lee Yaeko Shimizu of Hawaiian Beaches was charged with first-degree criminal property damage, first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault, drug and firearm charges, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, and five other traffic offenses, police said.

Bail was set at $263,000.00 bail and was being held for revocation of parole.

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, Puna patrol officers made a traffic stop on an Acura sedan on Highway 130 near the 17-mile marker for a broken headlight.

An officer pulled behind the car, and the woman quickly made a U-turn, collided head-on with another officer’s occupied vehicle that was stopped on the roadway providing backup.

After the incident, a 32-year-old Puna patrol officer was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the collision. He was later released in good condition.

The Acura rolled onto the shoulder, into an embankment and came to a stop. Officers approached on foot yelling commands to Shimizu, who quickly reversed, ramming the same officer’s vehicle twice before fleeing toward Pahoa, police said.

Officers pursued and stopped the Acura after it had mechanical difficulties in Hawaiian Beaches. They arrested her for several traffic offenses and an outstanding warrant for revocation of parole.

Detectives later executed a warrant and recovered drugs and a loaded pistol from the vehicle, police said.

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