Kauai woman arrested following crash and altercation

Velvet Puulei
Velvet Puulei

HANAMAULU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 24-year-old Hanamaulu woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a series of events that began with a car crash in Hanamaulu.

According to Kauai County officials, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Velvet Puulei was driving her Nissan SUV along Palikea Street when her vehicle crashed into an unattended parked car along the eastbound lane. Her vehicle then veered across the roadway and slammed into a parked pickup truck.

Puulei's SUV came to a stop following the second collision, when she ran out of her vehicle and into a neighboring home on Palikea Street.

She proceeded to get into a verbal altercation with a 21-year-old female occupant of the home. The fight turned physical and Puulei allegedly punched the woman in the face.

Officers responded to the scene and attempted to place Puulei under arrest but Puulei physically resisted the arresting officer, which resulted in damages to the police vehicle.

Puulei was eventually apprehended and transported to Wilcox Hospital for a medical examination. Following medical clearance from the hospital, Puulei was then taken to Police Cellblock where she remains in lieu of $5,500 bail.

She was arrested on multiple charges relating to assault, harassment, burglary, criminal property damage, resisting arrest and driving without a license or insurance.

Traffic on Palikea Street was halted for roughly 30 minutes to allow damaged vehicles to be towed from the scene.

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