Maui police detective arrested for OUI

The Maui News

A Maui Police Department detective was arrested on the Fourth of July holiday for driving under the influence, MPD reported Sunday.

At 7:59 p.m. Saturday, Melvin R. Johnson Jr. was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Johnson is a 25-year veteran of the department and is currently a detective with the Wailuku Criminal Investigative Division, according to police.

Johnson was off duty at the time of his arrest. He was released after posting $1,000 bail.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Audra Sellers said Sunday that the investigation is ongoing but that there had been a report of a crash.

Chief Tivoli Faaumu said in a news release Sunday that he holds his officers accountable on and off duty. He said that the investigation was ongoing and that every person who is arrested is entitled to due process.

MPD also plans to conduct an internal investigation of the matter, according to the news release.


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