Police searching for driver in wrong-way crash on Likelike Highway

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An early morning crash on Likelike Highway forced police to shut down the Kaneohe-bound lanes on the Likelike Highway at Kalihi Street for about two hours.

According to officials, a police car was hit by a stolen vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the highway.

The suspect driver is still on the loose.

Police did arrest the car's passenger, 33-year-old Michael Ahakuwelo. He has 13 prior convictions. He was booked for being caught riding in the stolen vehicle.

Officers say they ran the plates in Kaneohe after the vehicle ran a red light at Kamehameha Highway and Kaneohe Bay Drive.

The vehicle then U-turned outside the Mokapu Gate at Marine Corps Base Hawaii before getting on the Likelike Highway near Castle High School, heading town-bound in the Kaneohe-bound lanes.

At that point, police stopped chasing the vehicle.

Once they got closer to town, the vehicle slammed into a Kalihi patrol car just past Wilson Street. The driver then got out of the vehicle and fled.

The suspect is described as a local male with a medium build. He has a fair to tan complexion with a bald or shaved head. He was last seen wearing a black shirt.

Police say he may have cuts and bruises from the accident.

The officer who was in the patrol car at the time of the crash is said to be in good condition. He sought medical attention at the Kuakini Medical Center.

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