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HPD Officer Rear-Ended by Drunk Driver

Traveling at high speeds, with his four-year-old son strapped in the back seat, a 33-year-old Makaha man made a terrible mistake earlier this month. He chose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

It was around 11 pm when the driver, speeding along Farrington Highway, rear-ended a Honolulu police officer’s SUV. The force of the crash was so great that the police officer’s vehicle rolled off the side of the road, burst through the protective brick wall in front of a nearby residence and then crossed into oncoming traffic where it collided with a truck carrying nine people. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.

Many people believe that alcohol consumption is solely based on the type of drink chosen. According to a Narcotics Educational Foundation of America finding, one’s level of intoxication is as much dependant on the speed in which alcohol is consumed as it is on which drink is chosen.

For example, you can get more drunk by drinking three beers in an hour than taking three shots of 72-proof in two hours. Even though twelve ounces of beer has the same alcohol content – about .5 oz – as 1.7 ounces of 72-proof liquor (NHTSA, 2002,, it takes your body about an hour to process the alcohol of one drink out of your system. When you drink more in less time, you compound the length of time that it will take to process its toxins out of your body. According to the MSU publication, this is apparently true in spite of any efforts you may take to try and sober up.

Though his blood-alcohol level was not mentioned in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the driver was arrested on two counts of personal injury, driving without a license, and driving under the influence. The driver, his son, and one of the truck passengers were treated at Queen’s Medical Center for minor injuries. The officer, however, was in critical condition following the incident. He was detained a minimum of 48 hours.


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