Man allegedly hit car, kicked officer

A 32-year-old Wailuku man was arrested early Saturday in Kihei on suspicion of drunken driving after he hit a parked car, then kicked an officer in the face and threatened the officer, police said.

Kainalu Higbee was released after posting $4,000 bail. He was charged with first-degree assault against a police officer, drunken driving, refusing to submit to testing, first-degree terroristic threatening, inattention to driving, excessive speeding, reckless driving, having an open alcohol container in a vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash involving damages.

Police were called to a fight at Kihei Kalama Village at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday when an officer was flagged down by someone reporting that Higbee had hit a parked car in the parking lot, said Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the police Traffic Section.

An officer spotted the speeding vehicle driven by Higbee and paced it to determine it was speeding on South Kihei Road, he said. When the vehicle stopped, the officer found an open liquor container inside, Uedoi said.

After arresting Higbee on suspicion of drunken driving, the officer was in the process of a securing a seat belt on the prisoner when he became combative and kicked the officer in the face, Uedoi said.

The officer used his Taser to subdue Higbee, who made threats against the officer as he was being transported to the police station. At the Wailuku Police Station, Higbee spit in the officer’s face, Uedoi said.