Convicted criminal arrested again after chase, crash, fight with police

Convicted criminal takes police on a wild chase through Wahiawa
Downed pole after chase, crash
Downed pole after chase, crash

MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Only Hawaii News Now was there when William Atiz was arrested in Mililani Wednesday morning after a police chase and crash.

The 47-year old was driving an Acura in Wahiawa about 11 o'clock when two, plain clothes officers pulled him over for traffic violations.

According to Honolulu Police, Atiz revved the engine and tried to run down the officers.  They had to jump out of the way.

That started a chase which was called off a short time later because of safety concerns.   Officers did continue into Mililani searching for the car.

About 15 minutes later, they saw a downed utility pole on Lanikuhana Avenue. The pole was ripped from the ground and pieces of it were scattered in the intersection.

The Acura was found several blocks away, heavily damaged, with Atiz still inside.

Police say, he started fighting with the officers who were trying to arrest him. Two officers were hurt in the scuffle and needed treatment at hospitals.  A third officer was injured jumping out of the way of the car.

Atiz has a long criminal record that includes 30 arrests for crimes like assault, abuse, and drug violations.

He was arrested Wednesday for attempted murder, assault, resisting arrest, and numerous traffic violations.  He has not been charged.

There was a teen girl in the car with him, a runaway who was also taken into custody.