Stolen Tractor-Trailer Incident Leads to Arrest, Road Closure
The Hawai’i Police Department reported Wednesday evening to an incident involving a tractor and trailer that struck two vehicles and a house on Pilipaa Street.
Officers arriving at the scene found several individuals restraining the alleged driver of the tractor-trailer as he was seen walking away from the scene.
The tractor, trailer, and its contents were stolen from a business on Maka’ala Street and was observed driving through a closed gate.
Witnesses at the Pilipaa scene told officers that the stolen tractor-trailer struck a vehicle and ran another vehicle off the road on Pilipaa Street before striking and severing a utility pole.
In addition, the tractor-trailer continued southbound on Pilipaa Street before running off the street and striking a house.
Police say neither of the drivers or occupants of the house were injured.
Solomon Aloha Kepano, 30, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft, fourth-degree theft, third-degree criminal property damage, accident involving damage to a vehicle or property, and two counts of first-degree reckless endangering.
Kepano, a Hilo resident, remains in police custody at the Hilo police cellblock as Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives continue to investigate.
Pilipaa Street between Puaninako Avenue and Kahaopea Street was closed until just after 8 a.m. Thursday as a result of downed powerlines.
Temporary repairs were completed by Hawai’i Electric Light.
Anyone who witnessed a white Freightliner and a white container trailer traveling through the industrial area onto Kanoelehua Avenue, Puaianko Avenue, or Pilipaa Street in Hilo should contact the Police Deparment’s non-emergency line at 935-3311, or contact Detective Dean Uyetake by phone at 961-2379 or via e-mail at [email protected]
Individuals who prefer to remain anonymous should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.