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Six MPD officers lauded for efforts to stop drunk drivers

Six Maui County police officers were honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving at an annual awards ceremony.

The officers are:

• Hana Patrol District officer Landin Gilkey, who has monitored impaired driving checkpoints in Hana and made two impaired-driving arrests this year. Gilkey, who has been an MPD officer for three years, “takes the extra initiative to encourage a designated driver program at social events held in Hana,” according to a news release from Toyota Hawaii and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii, which sponsored the awards.

• Molokai Patrol District officer Jacob Kartchner, an MPD officer for two years. He made 11 impaired-driving arrests this year, accounting for approximately 50 percent of such arrests on Molokai.

• Lahaina Patrol District officer Mitchell Pombrio, who has been an MPD officer for three years and made nine arrests of drivers impaired by both liquor and drugs. “Pombrio actively patrols the community, resulting in numerous other traffic citations,” according to the news release.

• Lanai Patrol District officer Matthew Segault, who has worked to target underage drinking and drug use during graduation season and other periods when school is not in session. He led alcohol-related driving investigations and arrests on the island this year.

• Kihei Patrol District officer Daron Sugiyama, who made nine impaired-driving arrests this year, including one of a driver under the legal drinking age of 21. Sugiyama also issued 346 moving citations and 403 other citations during traffic stops.

• Wailuku Patrol District officer Matthew Turpen, who made 21 impaired-driving arrests this year. Turpen, who was born and raised in Colorado, has now been with MPD for 3¢ years.

The officers were selected for their work in making an impact on reducing alcohol- or drug-related traffic deaths.

They were recognized at a ceremony Nov. 18 at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului.

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