Drunken Driver Who Injured Police Sergeant Avoids Jail

Sergeant Mike Clark
Sergeant Mike Clark

KALIHI (KHNL) -- A drunken driver who caused a chain-reaction car crash that injured a Honolulu police sergeant manages to avoid jail time.

Kalihi Patrol Sergeant Mike Clark sits with us, as he prepares to undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee.

"I've always been a very active person," he said. "So yes, it's very hard not doing my normal routine."

The 25-year, HPD veteran was seriously hurt while investigating an accident on the Moanalua Freeway last October.

Prosecutors say Brad Kaneshiro had a blood-alcohol level of .21, more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit, when his car plowed into several police vehicles and Clark.

"If he would have hit me straight on, then we wouldn't be having this interview," Clark said.

He says he was thrown 30 feet, and also injured his elbow, chest and shoulder.

"My initial reaction was I was very angry," he said.

Prosecutors want Kaneshiro, who has a prior DUI conviction, to serve 90 days in jail. But a judge denies that request, and orders the 42-year-old to pay a $500 fine and serve 180 hours of community service.

"I finally met Mr. Kaneshiro for the first time this morning," Clark said. "If he hadn't seemed to me to be genuinely remorseful, then I wouldn't have been happy with the sentence."

Clark hopes to return to work sometime in March, after rehab on his knee.

"Guardian angels working double overtime. I'm still here 'cause there must be something else that I need to accomplish," he said.

Kaneshiro, the co-owner of Mitsu-Ken Catering in Kalihi, must also undergo 14 hours of alcohol abuse assessment. His driver's license is suspended for six months.