Reckless driving reports lead to arrest of Hawaii Island felon


The Hawaii Police Dept. reports that tips from motorists about a reckless driver have led to multiple drug and weapons charges against a convicted felon.

At 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, South Kohala patrol officers responded to reports of a reckless driver operating a red two-door sedan on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway at the 16-mile marker headed in the Kona direction.

At 9:30 p.m., officers located the vehicle traveling westbound near the Route 190 intersection. Police determined that the driver and sole occupant, 39-year-old Cory Young of Hilo, was wanted in a narcotics investigation.

After arresting Young, they found two packets containing 0.2 grams of methamphetamine and $4,425 in cash on his person.

Young’s vehicle was towed to the South Kohala police station and Young was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

On Thursday, May 26, detectives executed a search warrant on his vehicle and recovered a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, 29 unspent rounds of ammunition, 189.4 grams of methamphetamine packaged for distribution, 0.6 grams of cocaine, 18 hydrocodone pills, 4 morphine pills, 202.2 grams of marijuana packaged for distribution, and paraphernalia associated with the use and distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana.

At 1:20 p.m. Friday, May 27, Young was charged with first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, four counts of third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs, first-degree promotion of detrimental drugs, second-degree promotion of detrimental drugs, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, eight firearm offenses, reckless driving, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

In addition, for the previous narcotics offenses, Young was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree promotion of detrimental drugs and three counts each of third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $297,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday, May 31.

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