MAILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The father of the man accused of causing a vehicle crash that left a Honolulu police officer dead and another officer injured says his family is terribly sorry for what happened.
The Hawaii Army National Guard says the suspect, James Dorsey Mancao, 20, is a private with its HQ and HQ Company, which operates out of Kalaeloa.
Dorsey Mancao is in custody at HPD's main cellblock after being booked on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree negligent injury.
"That's a burden that we gotta live with. I know he's going to have to live with it," Jules Dorsey, suspect's father, said. "It's just unfortunate this happened."
Following his arrest, sources say Dorsey Mancao blew 0.00 in the Intoxilyzer machine, which means no alcohol was detected in his system. He reportedly told officers that he fell asleep at the wheel.
Jules Dorsey says his son was driving to their home in Maili.
"He went to town, drop off his friend and (planned to) come back home and then go to work next day, you know," the suspect's father said. "He just started working."
"What does he do?" this reporter asked.
"He's a painter, helper," Jules Dorsey replied. "He just started a couple of weeks."
The suspect is also a Hawaii Army National Guard fire support specialist, who completed his basic and advanced training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma six months ago. He's with the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
"Like a basic good kid, you know," Jules Dorsey said. "I mean, nobody is perfect. But he's never been into trouble, going to jail or any tickets or stuffs like that. It's just too bad it happened. It's just a terrible tragedy."
Dorsey Mancao also submitted to a blood draw, which will be used for drug testing. Results are pending.
The suspect's father says his heart aches for the crash victims.
"My condolence to the officer and the officer who got hurt, to their family," he said. "We're terribly sorry."