Dramatic dash cam video shows a Big Island man’s encounter with Ohio authorities

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 10:34 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -A Big Island man is facing serious criminal charges after resisting arrest and fleeing police in Ohio.

Newly-released dramatic dash cam video shows the moments before a deadly crash involving Joshu Kalili.

On April 18, state troopers in Northeast Ohio pulled over Kalili for a registration violation.

The situation began calmly as the troopers asked the 27-year-old to step out of the car. They also asked if he had any weapons.

The verbal exchange was recorded on the camera’s audio:

“Is that OK if I pat you down?"

"Yeah, I just have my wallet and vape on me.”

Police also responded and Kalili was eventually led to the back of an officer’s cruiser, where he was asked if he’d been drinking.

“I drank two beers, like what time was it, 7 'o clock?”

Then came the sobriety test which then led officer to take Kalili into custody, when he placed him in the back seat of the cruiser.

“Listen you’re not under arrest im gonna explain something to you... you have right to remain silent,” the video continued.

But it didn’t take long for the situation to quickly escalate. Tensions rise and those involved start yelling.

Police say he began to resist, allegedly assaulting the trooper and the officer. They tased him multiple times, but still, Kalili was able to flee and he jumped back into his SUV.

His backseat passenger scrambled out, but his front seat passenger -- 22-year-old Brianna Lewandowsk -- remained inside as Kalili sped off.

Authorities say she died when Kalili lost control on a curve, and hit a concrete barrier.

He’s now chargedwith vehicular homicide. Kalili’s cash bond was set at a million dollars.

The rear passenger was released without charges.

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