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Close Call for Officers on Freeway as Speeding Car Heads Towards Them

Derek Pa Derek Pa
Gordon Shiraishi Gordon Shiraishi

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- They were on the shoulder of the H-1 Freeway near the Radford Drive overpass, when they saw a car going more than 100 miles an hour coming towards them.

Luckily, the police officers weren't hurt. But the driver faces multiple charges.

A wild ride ends with a man in handcuffs, and police breathing a sigh of relief.

"It's a big relief for me personally," Lt. Gordon Shiraishi, Honolulu Police Department, said. "These guys go out there every day, and they put themselves on the line, you know, their safety."

Motorcycle officers conducting speed enforcement on the H-1 Freeway spot a car flying towards them. Police say they clock it going 108 in a 50 mile-per-hour zone.

"Just going that quickly, whether to get home for some event or something, you know, is not a good reason to go that fast," Shiraishi said. "You're putting yourself and especially others in danger."

This reminds solo bike officer Derek Pa of a close call he had.

"A DUI driver came up, driving on the right shoulder, took out my bike," he said. "I was able to jump out of the way. So yeah, it's scary."

The car with California plates comes to rest after spinning out on the Hickam off-ramp. Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Estevez finds himself surrounded by officers.

They arrest him on suspicion of excessive speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and other charges.

"We have a job to do," Pa said. "And we're trying to slow people down for the safety of the public."

Estevez is locked up at the main police cellblock, unable to post $3,000 bail.

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