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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:38 a.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Driver allegedly aims SUV at officer

Advertiser staff

A 33-year-old man was arrested early this morning for suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly tried to run over the officer in a downtown parking lot.

Police said two patrol officers were in a parking lot near the intersection of Kekaulike Street and Nimitz Highway about 12:10 a.m. looking for a man wanted on a parole violation warrant. The officers came across a blue sports utility vehicle with two men sleeping inside and a glass pipe in clear view on the center console.

Police said the officers knocked on the SUV's door and identified themselves as police at which point the man sleeping in the driver's seat woke up and started the vehicle. The driver hit a parked car trying to flee from the parking lot then drove straight at one of the police officers, forcing him to jump out of the way to keep from being run over, police said.

The driver managed to get the SUV out of the parking lot and began driving east in the westbound lanes of Nimitz Highway, police said.

Officers pursuing the vehicle lost sight of it in the Ala Moana area, but another officer caught sight of it on Makaloa Street and began to follow. The SUV driver headed back toward the downtown area on Beretania Street and the pursuit came to an end on North King Street after the SUV collided with a car, utility pole and fire hydrant.

The driver was then arrested for suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. The police officer who jumped out of the way at the start of the incident was not injured. The passenger in the SUV was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Knife attack leaves two injured

Two men, ages 18 and 24, were arrested following a stabbing last night in Waikiki.

Police said the two got into a fight with a 20-year-old man and 15-year-old boy when one of the suspects drew a knife and stabbed the pair about 9:35 p.m. near the corner of Ka'iulani and Kuhio avenues.

The 15-year-old boy arrived at an area hospital in critical condition but was upgraded to serious condition shortly after his arrival. The older stabbing victim was treated at the hospital and released.

The two alleged assailants were arrested for suspicion of attempted second-degree murder.

Man arrested in self-storage burglary

A 23-year-old Pearl City man was arrested yesterday in connection with an incident on Monday in which an employee of a Kaka'ako self-storage company reported seeing the man take items from another storage locker and put them in his own locker.

The storage company notified the locker owner whose property was taken and he initiated a police report.

When the suspect returned to the storage facility yesterday police were called and arrested him for investigation of second-degree burglary.

Man, 29, arrested for assault

A 29-year-old Wai'anae man was charged yesterday in connection with beating incident that occurred on Christmas Day.

A woman, whose age was not disclosed, told police she had been arguing with the man when he picked up a broom handle and slammed it against her back, resulting in what she described as a severe bruise. The suspect was charged with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $25,000.

Driver hurt in one-car crash

A driver was critically injured this morning in a one-vehicle crash on Lanikuhana Avenue in Mililani.

Police said the crash occurred about 5 a.m. near Mililani District Park.

Sections of Lanikuhana on the west side of Kamehameha Highway were closed while police vehicular homicide investigators examined the scene.

No additional information was available this morning.