Police seek woman who fled scene, nearly struck officer


The Maui News

A woman who nearly struck

a police officer while fleeing in a vehicle Wednesday in Kahului was identified as Kaiulani Saia, 22.

Police asked that anyone with information on the Kahului resident’s whereabouts call police at 244-6400 or, in an emergency, 911.

Saia was last seen driving a maroon Scion tC with damage to the front driver’s side window.

At about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, two police officers were trying to arrest her on warrants while she was seated in a parked vehicle. When officers tried to restrain her, she resisted and began kicking, punching and biting the officers while trying to start the car, police said.

Both officers were standing behind the open driver’s door when Saia started the car and put it in reverse, police said. One officer was able to back away from the car as it reversed quickly. The other officer was trapped behind the open door until Saia stopped abruptly and put the car in drive.

She pulled onto the roadway and nearly hit one officer, police said.

One officer suffered minor injuries as a result of the altercation. Both officers declined medical treatment.

Police arrested a 33-year-old Kahului man who arrived on scene and tried to prevent officers from arresting Saia. He hadn’t been charged but was under investigation for obstructing government operations, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and first-degree hindering prosecution, police said.

According to court records, Saia was being sought on no-bail warrants issued in March after she absconded from the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision and cut off an electronic monitoring device.


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