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Man charged with assault on law enforcement officer

He is accused of striking officer during arrest attempt in Kihei

Johnson

WAILUKU — A man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a police officer who was trying to detain the man Tuesday night in Kihei.

Scot Johnson, 51, was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Police were called to a condominium unit at 160 Keonekai Road at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday when a resident reported that Johnson was knocking and pounding on the door and window and throwing rocks at the window while trying to break in, according to police and a declaration filed in court to support the charges.

Police reported arriving to find Johnson halfway upstairs and in front of the resident’s door. Police said an officer contacted Johnson, who didn’t respond and began to leave.

When the officer tried to detain Johnson, he became physically combative and refused to comply with the officer’s directions, police said.

According to the declaration, an officer had pushed Johnson against a railing and grabbed his wrist to handcuff him when Johnson got his arm loose, swung his elbow and struck the officer in the face. Johnson was taken to the ground and continued to resist before being handcuffed, police said.

The officer was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

Johnson was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment of abrasions, the declaration said.

During Johnson’s initial appearance Wednesday in Wailuku District Court, Judge Chris Dunn said the court couldn’t find probable cause to support a charge of attempted second-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling.

Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Littlepage said evidence for that charge would be presented at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday. He asked for bail to remain at $2,300 for Johnson, who told police he had been drinking that day.

Littlepage said there was a federal arrest warrant from Arizona for Johnson for failure to appear.

His criminal record in Hawaii includes convictions for second-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree criminal property damage, DUI and two counts of violating public health emergency rules, Littlepage said. He said Johnson has convictions in Colorado for striking a police officer and disorderly conduct.

Johnson asked to be released on supervision.

He is a small business owner who has several vans that he rents out for camping, said Deputy Public Defender William Pannell. He said Johnson might be able to post $600 in cash for bail.

Judge Dunn set bail at $1,300. Johnson was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to stay away from the unit on Keonekai Road and its resident.

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

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