LAS VEGAS, NV (KHNL) - Two Honolulu police officers were involved in an arrest over the weekend. It sounds routine, but they were the ones handcuffed and taken to jail, and it happened all the way in Nevada. In this case, what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas.
The two HPD officers were in Vegas for a softball tournament. They were arrested Saturday night and charged with, among other things, marijuana possession.
A Las Vegas park was the scene of an unusual arrest Saturday night. Police patrolling the Desert Breeze Park saw an illegally parked van. When they tried to approach the vehicle, the van took off. The situation eventually turned into a foot pursuit.
Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the van, and arrested HPD officers Kevin Fujioka and Shayne Souza, and a third man, Scott Wilson, who is a social worker.
"The feeling is not a great feeling but we have to do our job," said Sgt. Rick Binyons, a spokesperson with the Clark County Police Department. "And that's our job to make sure the parks are free of crime, to include narcotics."
HPD Chief Boisse Correa says this is a serious matter. In a statement, he said, "While both were off duty at the time and not traveling on department business, department policy prohibits illicit drug use by officers whether they are on- or off-duty. Any officer who uses illegal drugs faces serious consequences, including loss of police powers and termination."
Charges include DUI and marijuana possession for Fujioka; and resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia for Souza. Wilson was charged with narcotics possession and open container violation.