Police arrest driver of car that plunged into waters off Hilo harbor

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 5:03 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 7:08 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police on Hawaii Island are investigating a dramatic rescue that was caught on camera after a vehicle plunged into waters off Wailoa Harbor on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the driver, a Hilo resident, was arrested following the incident, which happened about 3:30 p.m. near Bayfront Highway and Lihiwai Street.

Good Samaritans and officers worked to pull the man from the car after he drove into the harbor.

Kerry Sullivan, who recorded the video, said the driver was in the car for about five minutes before first responders arrived.

“Those guys down at the dock. They held that car up and saved that guy’s life from sinking,” Sullivan said. “They were smart enough not to open the doors to make the car sink before help could arrive.”

Sullivan said he wasn’t sure if the victim was conscious when he was pulled from the car.

“The police got there jumped in guns and all they didn’t even bother to take off their weapons or anything they jumped right in,” he said.

Police said the driver was transported to the Hilo Medical Center, where he regained consciousness and was otherwise uninjured. He was, however, later arrested for DUI, driving without a valid license and other related traffic offenses.

The driver has since been released further investigation.

No other injuries were reported.

Police are asking that anyone with further information call (808) 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

This story will be updated.

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