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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 22, 2007

Karamatsu sentenced on DUI charges

Advertiser Staff

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Jon Riki Karamatsu

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State Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu, 32, pleaded no contest to a charge of drunken driving and must pay a $750 fine and provide 72 hours of court-ordered community service.

He entered the no-contest plea yesterday afternoon before state District Judge William Cardwell.

Karamatsu, D-41st (Waipahu, Village Park, Waikele), was charged with being severely intoxicated after he was involved in a single-car accident at 1:15 a.m. Oct. 16 on the Moanalua Freeway.

Karamatsu's blood alcohol level was 0.171 more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

After his arrest, Karamatsu said he had been socializing with friends and "made a serious error in judgment."

He apologized to his family, colleagues and constituents, saying, "I do understand that elected officials should be held to a higher standard, and I will work very hard to regain the public's trust."

Karamatsu had been serving as state House vice speaker but was suspended from that post after the accident.

Speaker Calvin Say said representatives will decide in January what action to take.

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