Person of interest linked to crash involving stolen truck arrested in Waikiki


Honolulu police have arrested a person of interest following Tuesday’s crash involving a stolen truck.

Police say a man was taken into custody on warrants Thursday morning in Waikiki.

“He had two parole revocation warrants and three contempt warrants totaling more than $40,000 in bail,” said Deputy Chief John McCarthy. “When we picked him up today, he had a minor injury. He was treated at Queen’s (Medical Center) and brought back to the receiving desk for processing.”

Police say he is associated with the crash in Windward Oahu, but stress that he has not been named as the suspect in that case.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward as they continue to investigate.

“I know there was reports of cars following them. I know there was a near miss along the way. There were a lot of things that are still, they still need a lot of witnesses is what they need, so the case is still pending investigation,” McCarthy said. “We’re looking for help… It started in Wahiawa and ended up in Temple Valley. If anybody knows anything, we ask them to come forward and call us on that.”

The crash occurred at around 4 p.m. Tuesday on Kahekili Highway near Valley of the Temples.

According to police sources, it stemmed from a report of a stolen vehicle speeding in the Wahiawa area. The truck was originally stolen outside a home in Aina Haina.

The driver crashed near Kualoa Ranch and continued on, eventually veering off Kahekili Highway, taking out two light poles, and flipping over several times.

Sources say the suspect tried unsuccessfully to steal another car, then ran into the bushes. A police helicopter and K-9 unit were brought in to search the area, but he remained at large.

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