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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:04 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2002

Seatbelt scofflaw stopped but police lose car thief

By Vicki Viotti
Advertiser Staff Writer

The driver going through a seat-belt checkpoint yesterday didn't click it. And, she didn't stop for the ticket no big surprise, since she was driving a stolen car.

Police caught up with her and arrested her, as they say, "without incident."

Except for this: The man sitting next to her drove off with the car, which this morning was still missing.

Officers working the "Click It or Ticket" seat-belt crackdown spotted the 30-year-old woman, seat-beltless, ignoring their signal to stop near the intersection of Kanaina Avenue and Kaunaoa Street in Kapahulu at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday. They checked the license plate and found the car was stolen.

Neighbors in the area helped them track the driver down nearby, police said, but while the woman was being arrested, the male passenger drove off on Monsarrat Avenue, heading east.

The woman was released yesterday and no charges have been filed against her yet.

Police didn't say whether she got her Click It ticket or whether her male friend was belted when he slipped from their grasp.