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Kahului woman accused of fleeing police arrested

A woman who nearly struck police officers while fleeing in a vehicle last month was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Kahului, according to police.

Kaiulani Saia, 22, of Kahului was charged with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, first-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, second-degree reckless endangering, reckless driving and driving without a license. Her bail was set at $20,000.

Saia was being sought on no-bail warrants when police Crime Reduction Unit officers tried to arrest her at 12:45 p.m. June 23 as she sat in a parked vehicle near One Street and Ipu Circle in Kahului.

When officers made contact with her and told her about the warrants, Saia closed and locked the doors and tried to start the vehicle, according to a declaration filed in court to support the charges.

After officers opened the driver’s door through a shattered driver’s window, Saia kicked and punched officers, police said. When one officer grabbed Saia’s right arm to stop her from starting the vehicle, she bit the officer on the left forearm, police said.

She started the vehicle and reversed while another officer was standing in the door opening, then drove toward the first officer, coming within a foot of him before speeding away, according to police.

Both officers were treated for injuries.

Saia was located at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near bathrooms at the third entrance to Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului, police said. When police told her she was under arrest, she ran before being taken into custody, police reported.

According to court records, Saia was 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.

She also was arrested on charges of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree criminal property damage, two counts of second-degree theft, two counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, two counts of theft of a credit card and third-degree theft. Her bail was set at $5,000.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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