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HPD officer involved in DUI crash sentenced to 30 days in jail

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Boyd Kamikawa in court Monday morning. Boyd Kamikawa in court Monday morning.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Prosecutors say a Honolulu police officer whose driver's license was revoked following a DUI crash last year was caught driving illegally yet again. That would be the third time for Officer Boyd Kamikawa.

Kamikawa's latest case is scheduled to be heard next week. On Monday, he was sentenced for his prior cases, including seriously injuring a pedestrian while driving drunk.

Prosecutors say the pedestrian still suffers pain, but did not want the officer to serve any jail time.

He once took an oath to serve and protect. But prosecutors say Honolulu police officer Boyd Kamikawa did anything but, when he plowed his car into a 61-year-old woman who was in a crosswalk in Chinatown in April of last year.

"She had a left humerus fracture, a left digital radius fracture. She had multiple abrasions, toenail avulsion," Kelsi Guerra, deputy prosecutor, said. "Her injuries required surgical repair. She had to have screws placed into her left arm."

The 53-year-old's blood alcohol level was 0.16, which is twice the legal limit.

"Your honor, I just want to apologize to the victim and the family for this happening," Kamikawa said. "I made a bad judgment that day. I wish I could take it back."

The DUI crash triggered a driver's license suspension that Kamikawa ignored at least twice. He was seeing driving on July 28th and July 30th of last year.

"This is terrible facts, terrible case," Jonathan Burge, defense attorney, said. "I'd ask you to consider the life he's led up until then. I mean, he made some big mistakes, but he's also got a lot that he's done good for the community."

The 24-year, HPD veteran faced up to a year in jail for the negligent injury charge involving the pedestrian. The victim, however, didn't want that.

"She's been very gracious, very forgiving," Guerra said. "She specifically has asked us not to seek jail in this case, which is why on that charge we are not asking for any jail time."

The judge handed Kamikawa a 30-day jail term for driving under the influence and two counts of driving with a revoked license.

"Everyone at MADD Hawaii is very gratified that Officer Kamikawa did receive the maximum penalty for driving with a suspended license," Jennifer Dotson, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii executive director, said.

The judge also ordered the officer to serve 300 hours of community service, and pay more than $1,000 in fines.

"Your job, fundamentally, is to enforce the law," William Cardwell, District Court judge, said. "It's often said that law enforcement is held to a higher standard and I think it's true. You know the hazards. You knew what you were doing."

Kamikawa, who says he no longer drinks, is scheduled to begin serving his jail sentence July 8th.

"He does think about what he did to this lady and it horrifies him," Burge said. "Everyday he has to think about what happened to her. He's ready to do his jail sentence."

Kamikawa was stripped of his police powers and remains on desk duty at HPD. Late Monday afternoon, Chief Louis Kealoha issued a one-sentence statement:

"We must conclude our internal investigation to determine the correct course of action in this matter and will take swift action upon its conclusion."

MADD Hawaii says the Department of Transportation and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan will ask next year's Legislature to establish stiffer penalties for those who continue driving after their license has been suspended following a DUI.

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