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Man charged in attack on officer in Laie appears in court

                                Hokuokalani Patoc
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Hokuokalani Patoc

A 39-year-old man charged in connection with Thursday’s alleged attack of a Honolulu police officer in Laie made his initial appearance at Honolulu District Court today.

Hokuokalani Patoc appeared in ankle shackles before Judge Kristine Yoo via video conference from the courthouse cellblock on charges of first-degree attempted murder and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

His aggregate bail is set at $1 million.

Honolulu police responded to a call of two vehicles driving in a “hazardous manner” in Laie shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.

An officer pulled over one of the drivers in the area of Naniloa Loop and Iosepa Street. Police said the driver exited the car, assaulted the officer with a dangerous instrument and drove off in the officer’s subsidized vehicle.

The officer, 45, sustained injuries to his head and was taken in critical condition to a hospital.

Police said the driver traveled to the North Shore and Wahiawa. Officers followed him onto the H-2 freeway and H-1.

The driver traveled in the eastbound and westbound directions of the freeway and to downtown Honolulu for about two hours before the driver stopped in front of Iolani Palace.

Officers arrested Patoc in front of the palace on South King Street on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, auto theft, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

A couple of days before the attack, police arrested Patoc after he allegedly trespassed on elementary school grounds in Waialua. He was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing and appeared in court Wednesday.

Patoc was released and scheduled to appear at Wahiawa District Court in March for the misdemeanor charge.

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