Man engages in high-speed chase with daughter, 1, in car

He is sentenced to 6 months in jail

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man whose 1-year-old daughter was unrestrained in his vehicle when he sped down Haleakala Highway and rammed another vehicle, then a police car, was sentenced Wednesday to a six-month jail term.

“You were basically just a terror,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said in sentencing Alan Kinser, who also was placed on four years’ probation.

Police reported finding his daughter on the floor in the back seat near a Ruger Carbine rifle in the Dodge Durango that Kinser was driving after he was arrested the afternoon of March 31 at Kahului Airport.

Kinser, 30, of Hana had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree burglary, as well as two counts of second-degree criminal property damage, keeping an unloaded firearm in an improper place, unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of second-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal property damage, fourth-degree theft and reckless driving.

That day, Kinser went to a Kula residence, reportedly going into the house five or six times, and leaving with a recyclable shopping bag. A baseball cap, cooler and backpack were among items stolen from the house, which was reportedly ransacked.

The resident and another person chased Kinser, who at one point stopped and had his daughter on his lap when the resident approached Kinser.

He rammed the resident’s Nissan Armada before fleeing on Haleakala Highway.

“You drove like a maniac down Haleakala Highway,” Loo told Kinser, noting that other cars pulled over onto the shoulder to avoid Kinser, who ran a couple of red lights.

Kinser didn’t stop for police cars, which had sirens and lights activated as they pursued him, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas. He said police stopped chasing Kinser but were on scene when he ended up at the airport where he “crunched into” a police sergeant’s vehicle.

Kinser knocked over a couple of pylons before he came to a stop in front of the airport, resisting before he was arrested, Temas said.

“The sad thing about this is not only is he putting the community in danger, he’s putting himself in danger,” Temas said. “He’s entrusted with a minor daughter.”

After being arrested, Kinser had spent about two months in jail.

After being released, Kinser had been working at a new job, said Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae.

“He’s sober. He’s in a good place,” Raidmae said.

He said the Smith & Wesson carbine rifle was owned by Kinser’s father and had been in the vehicle because it would become jammed at times and needed to be repaired.

While Kinser apologized in court Wednesday, Loo said he didn’t seem to understand the significance of his actions when he was interviewed for a report prepared for his sentencing.

“This was a very hot pursuit and anything could have happened,” Loo said. “You’re so very lucky that that baby in the back seat on the floor of your car didn’t get injured. You put a lot of people at risk here.”

Kinser was taken into custody Wednesday to serve the rest of the jail term. He also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and to pay $1,645 in restitution for damage to the police car.

The rifle recovered in his vehicle was forfeited to the state, and Kinser’s driver’s license was suspended for two years. He was ordered to write letters apologizing to the residents of the burglarized home and five police officers.

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