DUI charge against Kapolei officer dropped, for now

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A small victory for a Honolulu police officer accused of driving a patrol car while under the influence of alcohol.

Prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed the drunken driving charge against 31-year-old James Urban, saying they need more time to investigate.

Sources say the officer, assigned to the Kapolei police station, disappeared with a blue-and-white car for more than 12 hours. At one point, police say the car was seen parked in front of Leslie's, a bar in Kalihi.

"It doesn't matter that he was a police officer or not," Renee Sonobe Hong, deputy prosecutor, said. "We do want to make sure we have all the facts and circumstances first before we proceed."

"We were still in the process of doing our own investigation," Patrick McPherson, defense attorney, said. "We just got the police reports not that long ago. So I don't know what's going to happen at this point."

Urban's case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors are free to charge him again.