Deputy Prosecutor Jon Riki Karamatsu resigns after second DUI arrest

Published: Apr. 7, 2015 at 8:21 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Deputy Prosecutor Jon Riki Karamatsu announced his resignation on Tuesday following his second DUI arrest over the weekend.

Karamatsu was arrested early Saturday morning, April 4, near the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Hobron Lane.

Honolulu police officers booked the 40-year-old Deputy Prosecutor for DUI and for refusal to submit to testing.

Karamatsu thanked Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro for allowing him the opportunity to serve as a prosecutor, and stated he did not want his pending DUI case to distract from the work of the office.

Karamatsu approached the prosecutor shortly after his arrest on Saturday and indicted his intention to resign.

In 2007, when Karamatsu was Vice Speaker of the State House, he was convicted after crashing his vehicle into a concrete median. In court, he pleaded no contest and had his driver's license revoked for six months.

To view Karamatsu's full resignation letter to Kaneshiro, click HERE.

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