A 19 year-old man from Hana was arrested after the stolen school bus he was alleged to be driving struck a utility pole in Kuau late Friday night.
While the Hana highway was closed for nearly 20 hours, electric customers from Pa’ia to Hana were without power for close to 12 hours.
The drama began when 19 year-old Otto W.K. Wolfgramm Jr, of Hana, allegedly stole a school bus and began driving toward Kahului. Maui Police say a witness reported a yellow bus driving recklessly on Hana Highway heading north in the area of Baldwin Beach Park. An Officer located the bus and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however, the operator of the bus fled. The officer conducted a pursuit but terminated it after the operator accelerated at a high rate of speed.
A short time later, the operator of the bus lost control and struck a utility pole near Kaiholo Place in Kuau (near Mama’s Fish House) then fled on foot. Eyewitnesses called the police after seeing the suspect. The suspect was apprehended and taken into custody.
The accident closed Hana Highway due to the utility pole and lines blocking both lanes of Hana Highway at Kaiholo Place. Officers conducted an investigation and found that the bus was confirmed stolen. The suspect was identified as Otto W. K. Wolfgramm Jr., 19, of Hana. He was charged with Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Motor Vehicle; Under the Influence of Liquor; Prohibitions Involving Minors; Reckless Driving; Inattention to Driving; Accidents Involving Damages; Driving a Vehicle requiring a Commercial Driver’s License.
Bail was set at $3,000. The suspect made bail and was released Saturday.