A man accused of crashing a car into a Honolulu police
officer's vehicle Friday has been released pending further investigation,
according to the Honolulu Police Department.
Police said 28-year-old Michael Dietz was drunk when he
rear-ended the officer's vehicle and then hit another car in Makaha. The
Waianae resident was booked for DUI, negligent injury and driving without a
The crash happened around 11:20
p.m. when a Mercedes heading toward Kaena Point on Farrington Hwy near Water St
slammed into the back of the officer's vehicle that was traveling in the same
Police and witnesses said the
Mercedes was speeding when it rear-ended the officer's Toyota 4Runner. The
Toyota crashed through a hollow-tile wall and ended up in the yard of a home at
the corner of Farrington and Kapakai Place.
Officers arrested Dietz on
suspicion of drunk driving. He and his female passenger also were taken to the
hospital with what police called non-life threatening injuries.
The police officer, identified as
Leony Macapagal, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
Macapagal, who has been with HPD for more than 10 years, was in critical but
stable condition Monday.