By Lisa Kubota - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rodney Rellin crashed a stolen car while attempting to elude a police officer. Thanks to tips from the public, he's now behind bars.
Police arrested Rodney Rellin on Thursday August 5 in Waianae.
A police officer driving in Waianae spotted a suspicious vehicle driving near Farrington Highway and Ala Walua street on March 7, 2007.
"He observes a Volkswagen with no license plate and no headlights or tail lights," said Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.
The driver took off when the officer attempted to stop the vehicle .
"He accelerates at a high rate of speed and turns onto Orange Street, fails to negotiate the turn, and collides into the curb. He jumps the sidewalk and he hits a tree stump," Buffett said.
The driver, later identified as Rellin, tried to run away. He was caught by police and arrested for auto theft. Authorities said Rellin, 52, spent about three months behind bars at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. Now he is wanted for a $20, 000 felony contempt warrant for failing to appear at a HOPE probation hearing.
"He's known to frequent in the Waianae area, and he does have 32 prior convictions and they include kidnapping, robbery, burglary, drugs, thefts," said Buffett.
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