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Man placed on probation for damaging car parked at hospital

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who said he struggled with homelessness and drugs was placed on four years’ probation for causing damage to a vehicle parked at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Forrest Kline, 30, of Kihei had pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal property damage. Other charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

According to court records, Kline was arrested the night of April 7, 2020, after striking the vehicle with a metal cargo bar that had been taken from the bed of a truck in the lower parking lot at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The damaged vehicle had dents on the driver’s door and rear passenger door.

Kline appeared in court by videoconference from the Maui Community Correctional Center for his sentencing Jan. 11 after he was arrested Jan. 7, the day after he didn’t show up for his original sentencing date.

“I’ve just been struggling,” Kline said.

He said he and his girlfriend had been living in their car and lost income while he looked for a job.

“Have you been struggling using drugs too?” 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill asked Kline.

“A little bit,” he replied.

“A little bit is too much,” Cahill said.

Kline was given credit for three days he spent in jail. He was ordered to complete anger management treatment as part of his probation.

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