Mo­tor­cy­cle po­lice of­fi­cer at­temp­ing to catch flee­ing driver is in­jured in crash

Of­fi­cer’s in­juries con­sid­ered se­ri­ous, not life-threat­en­ing

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A po­lice solo bike of­fi­cer suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries that weren’t life-threat­en­ing in a crash that oc­curred while he was try­ing to catch up with a speed­ing sedan Wednesday af­ter­noon on Maui Vet­er­ans High­way, po­lice said.

Robert Fre­itas III, 37, of

Waiehu was iden­ti­fied as the driver of the black

2001 Honda sedan that was seen speed­ing and be­ing driven reck­lessly while head­ing north on the high­way at about 3:50 p.m., po­lice said.

The solo bike of­fi­cer tried to catch up and stop the Honda when the mo­tor­cy­cle hit a car that was aban­doned on the makai shoul­der of the high­way, po­lice said. The of­fi­cer was ejected from his bike, po­lice said.

The Honda fled, turn­ing on to Cen­tral Maui Base­yard Road, where Fre­itas drove the car through a gate to flee from a sec­ond po­lice of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to a dec­la­ra­tion filed in court.

Po­lice later found the Honda with no one in­side on Pulehu Road in Pu­unene.

Fre­itas, who was the reg­is­tered owner of the ve­hi­cle, was found hid­ing nearby by a po­lice K9 dog.

Fre­itas was charged with two counts of first-de­gree re­sist­ing an or­der to stop a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, reck­less driv­ing, driv­ing with­out a li­cense, third-de­gree crim­i­nal prop­erty dam­age and fourth-de­gree crim­i­nal prop­erty dam­age.

Fre­itas re­fused to leave the Maui Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter for a hear­ing in Wailuku Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day and again Fri­day. His bail was set at $27,000 on Fri­day.

Fre­itas also was ar­rested on war­rants to­tal­ing $201,000.

The of­fi­cer, an eight-year vet­eran of the Maui Po­lice Depart­ment, was taken to Maui Memo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment of his in­juries, which were con­sid­ered se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing, po­lice said.

Robert Fre­itas III

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