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Man ‘doing donuts’ in Paia parking lot detained

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $10,000 for a man who was seen “doing donuts” in the Paia Bay parking lot and hit a police officer as he was being arrested Saturday morning, police reported.

Armando Cardona, 25, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving without a license.

During his initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court, Cardona asked to have his bail reduced. Cardona has a landscaping job and has lived on Maui most of his life, said Deputy Public Defender Brad Sova.

Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto asked that bail be maintained.

He said several people called 911 on Saturday morning to report Cardona was doing donuts in the Paia Bay parking lot. “One person was afraid to leave the parking lot because she thought she would be hit by the defendant,” Yoshimoto said.

When police officers arrived, Cardona “drove around several of their cars, disobeying orders to stop,” Yoshimoto said.

He said a police officer approached Cardona to tell him to get out of his vehicle and saw Cardona reaching for something in his door. The officer drew his gun because he thought Cardona was reaching for a firearm, Yoshimoto said.

“They had to drag him out of the vehicle,” Yoshimoto said.

He said Cardona hit an officer while police were trying to detain the defendant.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi kept bail at $10,000 for Cardona.