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Officer accused of hitting pedestrian while driving drunk faces new charges

Boyd Kamikawa Boyd Kamikawa
Arkie Koehl Arkie Koehl

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu police officer awaiting trial for allegedly hitting a pedestrian while driving drunk is in more legal trouble. Hawaii News Now has learned that Boyd Kamikawa is suspected of continuing to drive, even though his license was suspended following the crash.

The officer is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges next week Wednesday. He was allegedly seen driving around not once, but on two separate occasions.

Kamikawa is now facing two counts of driving with a license that was suspended following a DUI. That doesn't sit well with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"We're appalled when anybody has their license revoked and drives regardless," Arkie Koehl, MADD, said. "But when it's a police officer, it's just mind blowing."

The 23-year, HPD veteran was slapped with a six-month driver's license suspension, after he allegedly crashed his car into a 61-year-old woman who was in a crosswalk in Chinatown in April. According to a police affidavit, his blood alcohol level in that incident was 0.16, which is double the legal limit.

Hawaii News Now has learned that the 53-year-old is now accused of ignoring the order to not drive. Court records indicate that he was seen operating a vehicle on July 28th and July 30th.

"Should he be punished more harshly for his subsequent offenses? I definitely feel he should," Koehl said. "We're very angry about this. We're appalled by the behavior."

If convicted of the new offenses, Kamikawa faces a minimum of three days in jail. The maximum is 30 days. He could also receive an additional one-year license suspension.

"We think to the full extent of the law he should be punished," Koehl said. "We hope that within a couple of years, the Legislature will pass stiffer laws for driving without a license because it's been revoked for drunk driving."

Kamikawa's attorney declined comment on the new charges, saying he hasn't seen the reports yet.

The officer's negligent injury trial in the case involving the pedestrian is set for November 12th.

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