Police arrest Pahoa residents for attempting to blow past barricades

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Pahoa residents were arrested for trying to blow past blocked-off areas in attempts to get in, according to Big Island police.

Cynthia Verschuur, 49, of Pahoa ignored two police roadblocks manned by uniformed officers who commanded her to stop at a lava post at Leilani Street and Pohoiki Road, and Highway 130 and Malama Street.

Verschuur was arrested and charged with two counts of obstructing governmental operations, two counts of disobeying a police officer, and refusing to evacuate. Her bail was set at $5,000.

David Ream, 29, of Pahoa was arrested after initially stopping, and then attempting to drive past, the lava post at Highway 130 and Kamili Road on his dirtbike, ignoring the officers ordering him to stop.

Ream was charged with three bench warrants, obstructing governmental operations, and refusing to evacuate, as well as several other traffic infractions. His bail was set at $4,250.

Big Island police urge drivers to obey directions given by officers at lava post stops.

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