Driver who caused security scare during President Obama's visit gets jail time

Leon Rodrigues when he was arrested.
Leon Rodrigues when he was arrested.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The driver who caused a security scare when he made a wrong turn towards President Obama's vacation property in Kailua last December has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Leon Rodrigues, 39, was trying to elude Honolulu police when he turned onto Kailuana Place and drove through a Secret Service security checkpoint. Officers were trying to nab him on five traffic and contempt warrants.

At least one Secret Service agent drew a weapon on Rodrigues' truck before it took off again. The police pursuit continued onto the H-3 Freeway to Halawa, and then back to Windward Oahu. The suspect was eventually arrested in Waimanalo.

Rodrigues' pickup struck a vehicle during the chase.

The defendant last Thursday pleaded no contest to reckless driving, two counts of resisting an order to stop, and fleeing the scene of an accident.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for June 30th.

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