Man who allegedly fled from scene of crash arrested

WAILUKU — A 21-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after he crashed a stolen vehicle in Wailuku, then ran from the scene, according to police.

Bill-Werner Manuel, 21, of Pukalani was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, leaving the scene of a collision involving damage to a vehicle or property and driving under the influence of drugs.

The silver 2004 Subaru Forester was reported stolen Thursday morning while it was parked at Harbor Lights Condominium in Kahului.

At 7:48 p.m., the Subaru was involved in a collision with a white 2018 Jeep Wrangler near Iao Parkside at 980 Eha St. in Wailuku, police said. The Subaru driver, later identified as Manuel, fled the scene and was later located nearby behind 71 Kopi Lane, according to police.

During Manuel’s initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent asked that Manuel’s bail be increased from $1,000 to $50,000.

After officers arrested Manuel, he told police “he felt dizzy after being under the influence of methamphetamine for the past two days,” Kent said.

In a search of Manuel and his backpack, police found paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine, Kent said.

While Manuel has no prior criminal convictions, he was granted a deferral last year on charges of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, Kent said.

He said Manuel is facing felony charges of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in two pending cases.

Manuel was ordered not to consume or possess alcohol or illegal drugs when he was released on supervision at least three times since June in his pending cases, Kent said. He said one release occurred in August due to the pandemic.

“It appears his conduct is escalating,” Kent said.

Manuel asked for his bail to be lowered.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi granted the prosecution’s request to increase bail to $50,000.

“The court concludes the defendant is a danger to our community,” he said.


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