KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have arrested a 24-year-old man who they believe flipped a stolen truck on Kahekili Highway on Tuesday and then fled the scene on foot.
Nainoa was arrested Thursday by officers with the department’s Crime Reduction Unit in Waikiki on several warrants totaling $40,000. He’s being held in the Honolulu cellblock.
The woman who in the room with Neill-Mesiona said she did not want to be interviewed. Other hotel guests said they could hear him whimpering from down the hall.
“He was picked up on warrants in Waikiki, but he is associated with that case,” said Honolulu Police Deputy Chief John McCarthy. “We’re looking for help if anybody saw the chase...it started in Wahiawa it ended up at Temple Valley. If anybody knows anything we ask them to come forward.”
On Tuesday, police were chasing a suspect on Kahekili Highway at about 4 p.m. when the driver allegedly veered off the road near Valley of the Temples, hit a pole and flipped the truck several times.
Multiple vehicles, including a moped, were involved in the crash.
Patrick Santos was in the area when he saw his life flash before his eyes.
“Corner of my eye, I saw a white truck coming at me, darting around a car," Santos said. "I darted out of his way, otherwise he would have cleaned me out...I got a little car, and that truck was big so, he would have ran over me.”
Santos immediately pulled over and texted his loved ones. Then remembered one thing.
“I turned around, which I normally don’t do and headed back to make sure because I knew my wife and my son was on the road,” said Santos.
He said it is a miracle no one was seriously injured.
“Everybody that was on the road that got away from that truck was paying attention to the road. If someone was on their phone, it might not have been such a good outcome,” he said.
Witnesses spotted the suspect running into the bushes.
The truck that the suspect was driving had been stolen from an Aina Haina home Monday night or Tuesday morning.
In the wake of the incident, police asked for witnesses to come forward to offer additional information on what happened.
Police said Neill-Mesiona has a lengthy criminal record, including for theft and assault.
This story will be updated.