HPD officer injured during traffic stop after suspected DUI driver attempts to flee

An officer was injured Friday afternoon during a traffic stop.
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 4:27 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 6, 2022 at 11:54 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu police officer was injured Friday afternoon during a traffic stop.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. by Liliha Street and Vineyard Boulevard, officials said.

According to police report, officers were sent to a stalled vehicle. Upon arrival, authorities said a 28-year-old man was asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle blocking Vineyard Boulevard near Pua Lane.

Investigators said a female officer was about to conduct a field sobriety test with the suspect changed his mind and allegedly ran back into the vehicle. The officer then tried to pull the suspect out of the vehicle to affect an arrest.

Law enforcement said the suspect forced himself into the driver seat pinning the officer behind him, and sped off with her legs still hanging out of the car. Shortly after, the man crashed into two vehicles and a fence and attempted to flee the vehicle on foot.

HPD said they were able to arrest the man without further incident and he remains in custody.

EMS confirmed the officer refused transport to a hospital.

The investigation has closed a portion of Vineyard Boulevard but it has since been reopened.

This story will be updated.

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