Trial underway for former Maui police officer accused of DUI

Trial underway for former Maui police officer accused of DUI
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A witness says a former Maui police officer was “beyond drunk” before his pickup truck sideswiped a parked car and crashed into a utility pole.

The Maui News reports the trial of 28-year-old Mousa Kawas began earlier this month in Wailuku District Court with witnesses saying the former officer had spent the night drinking before crashing in February.

Kawas has pleaded not guilty to charges that include DUI, reckless driving, and leaving the scene after striking a vehicle or property.

Officer Andrew Szczepan told the court that Kawas had met him and other police recruits at a bar where they stayed until closing.

He says he hadn’t seen Kawas more intoxicated than he was that night.

The police department says Kawas is no longer employed.

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