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Judge dismisses charges against HPD officer after second hung jury

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second time, the case against a Honolulu police officer accused of attacking a motorist during a traffic stop has ended with a hung jury.

Ofr. Scott Valdez, 43, was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and fourth-degree criminal property damage. On Thursday, the third day of deliberations in the defendant's retrial, jurors informed the court that they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Circuit Judge Ed Kubo declared a mistrial and then dismissed the charges with prejudice, meaning prosecutors will not be allowed to seek a third trial.

Valdez, a motorcycle officer, was accused of reaching into a car and striking the 18-year-old male driver. It allegedly happened on the H1 Freeway near the Punahou Street overpass in March 2010.

The defense argued that the teen, who was cited for vehicle safety violations, lied about being attacked.

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