Maui Police have released the details behind the lockdown of some Central Maui schools Friday – and it was quite serious.
Around 11:12 a.m. Friday, Police were assigned to a reckless driving complaint on Waiale Road in Wailuku. The caller witnessed a white colored Toyota Tundra swerving all over the road, eventually parking within the Kehalani Longs Drugs parking lot.
The first Officer arrived at the scene and observed the vehicle Toyota Tundra parked unattended within the parking lot. A second Officer arrived at the scene and approached the Toyota Tundra. The Officer observed a male dressed in a red t-shirt and shorts walk towards the Toyota Tundra. The male suspect, identified as Kalama Harry, 31, from Waiehu, noticed the second Officer immediately and entered the Toyota Tundra followed by another male suspect in a black t-shirt as the passenger.
The first Officer, at the scene, maneuvered his patrol vehicle behind the Toyota Tundra, as Harry’s attention was focused on the second Officer. Harry reversed the Tundra without looking, His truck then struck the police vehicle behind him.
The first Officer sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision as he was still in the vehicle. Harry then intentionally hopped the Longs Drugs parking lot curb and accelerated towards the second Officer. The second Officer jumped out of the way in fear of being struck. Harry fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
A pursuit was initiated for the Toyota Tundra being operated by Harry. The pursuit ended on Pu’umakani Street in Kahului when Harry and the other suspect fled on foot abandoning the Tundra.
Maui Waena Elementary School, Lihikai School and Ala Lani Preschool were placed on lock down as a precaution.
Other divisions of the Maui Police Department assisted in a search of Harry and the other suspect.
Checks of the white Toyota Tundra , plate number 921-TRV revealed it was an unreported stolen vehicle. The Toyota Tundra was seized, pending the application of a search warrant. A moped which fell from the Toyota Tundra while in pursuit revealed it was also stolen. The moped was also recovered as evidence.
Kalama Harry was eventually located and arrested for the offenses of:
- Attempted Murder in the First Degree
- Criminal Property Damage I
- Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Motor Vehicle (two counts)
- Reckless Driving
He was taken to the Wailuku Police Station where he is currently being held. The other suspect has not been apprehended, however, investigators are looking into leads of his whereabouts and possible identification.
In spite of the pursuit, no damages were reported to any property. This incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.