Details emerge about Hilo police pursuit and car crash

Alexander Borrero III
Alexander Borrero III

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police have arrested a Hilo man in connection with a car chase on Sunday afternoon. 32-year-old Alexander Borrero III was booked for first-degree negligent injury.

Police say he was driving a stolen red Honda and fleeing from police when he struck another car at around 3:00 PM. The impact split the Honda in two.

Borrero, who is hospitalized in serious condition could also face a charge of attempted murder of a police officer. The driver of the vehicle he struck, a 61-year-old Hilo man was released from the hospital. His passenger, an 86-year-old Hilo woman, was also taken to the hospital, where she is said to be in stable condition.

Earlier that afternoon, police responded to reports of a stolen truck in the Puna area when they say that they spotted Borrero, who matched witness descriptions of the auto theft suspect. When they attempted to stop Borrero, he allegedly reversed toward the officer's vehicle at a high rate of speed, nearly running over him as he stood next to a marked police car. The policeman was brushed by the vehicle when his equipment became caught on the car and was dragged a short distance before he was able to free himself.

Police called off pursuit when they realized it would be detrimental to public safety. The car was later spotted driving erratically near Mountain View, but officers were again unable to pursue the vehicle safely and terminated the chase.

Later, police decided to follow the vehicle at a distance. Shortly after officers spotted the Honda on the other side of Highway 11, the collision occurred.

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