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Woman previously in fatal crash now arrested for DUI

Kristen Davis

The Maui News

A woman with a conviction for negligent homicide in a drunken-driving crash was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Friday night in Kahului.

Police DUI Task Force officers arrested Kristen Uilani Davis, 34, of Haiku after a traffic stop at 6:36 p.m. at Hana Highway and Dairy Road.

Police were alerted to be on the lookout for Davis’ vehicle by a concerned citizen who apparently had seen Davis leaving a Kahului business, where she appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Davis was seen leaving the area driving a white Jeep with a female passenger, police said. After the traffic stop, a DUI Task Force officer determined that Davis showed signs of alcohol impairment, police said.

She was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant and consuming or possessing intoxicating liquor while operating a motor vehicle.

Police records show Davis was later released after posting $1,200 bail.

“I commend the citizen who had the courage to make the call to police to report an impaired driver,” said police traffic commander Lt. William Hankins. “Impaired drivers are a serious safety concern for everyone on our roadways. Having the public’s help in removing these drivers will save lives and is greatly appreciated.”

According to articles published in The Maui News at the time, Davis was 19 years old when the car she was driving drifted into the opposing lane of travel on Honoapiilani Highway in Ukumehame and collided with a Lahaina-bound car the night of Aug. 23, 2005. A 41-year-old Wailuku man driving the other vehicle died at the crash scene, and Davis was critically injured, according to police.

After the collision, Davis’ blood-alcohol level was measured at more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a Maui News article.

In 2008, after she pleaded no contest to first-degree negligent homicide, Davis was sentenced to three years of house arrest as part of five years’ probation. She was ordered to talk to high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving as part of her sentence.

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