Bail maintained for woman accused in police chase case

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $16,000 for a woman who allegedly led police on a chase before being arrested for driving a stolen vehicle last month.

Leilani Vierra, 30, who gave no local address, was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

The burglary occurred June 30 at a Waikapu residence, where food, a credit card and purse were reported stolen, according to court records. Vierra was arrested July 2 after she was seen driving a 2008 blue Subaru Outback sedan that was stolen from the residence, according to police.

During a bail hearing Tuesday, Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Teshima asked that bail continue for Vierra.

He said she led police on a car chase. “When she was arrested, she allegedly admitted to being in a race with the police and winning when the police got stuck behind a red light,” Teshima said. “Based on that, we believe she’s a flight risk.”

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill kept Vierra’s bail at $16,000. If she posts bail to be released, Vierra was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for supervision and random drug testing.

Cahill ordered Vierra not to drive without a valid driver’s license.

An Oct. 8 trial is set for Vierra, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In another pending case, Vierra is charged with two counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, fourth-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespassing.