Felony charges in assault on officers

A homeless man is facing felony charges for assaulting two police officers and damaging a police car as he was being arrested on a bench warrant Saturday at a Kihei beach park, police said.

Bail was set at $11,500 for Nathan Liska, 37. He was charged with two counts each of first-degree assault on a police officer and third-degree criminal property damage and resisting arrest.

Kihei patrol officers went to Kamaole Beach Park I at 4:20 p.m. to investigate a report of disorderly conduct after two men who had been sitting at a table at the park got into a fight, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

After learning that one of the men, Liska, was wanted on a $500 bench warrant, police arrested him, Rego said.

After officers cuffed Liska’s hands behind his back, he said he wanted to be handcuffed in the front and began swearing at the officers, Rego said. He said officers were putting Liska in the back of a patrol car when he jumped out of the vehicle before the officers could close the door. While outside, he got onto the car and began slamming his head against the rear window, continuing to struggle and swear, Rego said.

After officers got Liska back into the police car, he began hitting his head against the Plexiglas partition separating the front and back seats, then rolled back and kicked out the passenger side window, Rego said.

He said officers pulled the car over to further restrain Liska when he bit one officer inside his left forearm. The officer suffered a dislocated shoulder and was placed on injury leave, Rego said.

Another officer was kicked in the chest and treated for pain.

Liska, who was reported to be intoxicated, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for evaluation.