Man accused in officer crash released

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 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 license.

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 direction.

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.

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