WAILUKU - A Wailuku man who had been doing well in the Maui Drug Court program before relapsing and committing other crimes is serving a five-year prison term for stolen vehicle and drug charges.
As a repeat offender, Bronson Bascar, 25, was ordered to serve at least three years and four months of the term before being eligible for parole.
"It's unfortunate you made these choices," 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza said to Bascar in court Oct. 15. "The good news is these are choices you made, so you have control over the choices you make."
Bascar was sentenced in four cases for charges of three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, third-degree criminal property damage, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.
After being admitted into the Drug Court program of treatment and supervision, Bascar had succeeded while in a treatment dormitory at the Maui Community Correctional Center, said Deputy Public Defender Annalisa Bernard.
"Unfortunately, once he was released back into the community, he did relapse and he did pick up new charges," she said.
According to court records, Bascar was arrested after he was found driving a stolen 1994 Honda Accord when police responded to a disturbance at 11 p.m. Feb. 8 at Kihei Kalama Village. Bascar reversed the car, which had been stolen that evening in Wailuku, into a police car and ran before being tackled by officers in Kalama Park, police said. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.072 percent, police reported.
For that incident, Bascar had pleaded no contest to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, drunken driving, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a collision involving damage.
"Bronson does have the desire deep down inside to make the changes," Bernard said. "He still does have the potential to make those changes."
Bascar said he did learn from Drug Court.
"I do understand that my actions need to be punished and prison is my only alternative," Bascar said during his sentencing hearing Oct. 15. "Hopefully, they get good programs."
He was ordered to pay $589 in restitution.
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