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HPD: Hilo Woman Strikes Police Vehicle With Car in Attempt to Evade Arrest

December 1, 2020, 10:20 AM HST
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Jaclyn Kanani Ann Kama

A Hilo woman is facing a charge of assault against a law enforcement officer, as well as property, drug and firearm offenses after hitting a police vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest.

The charges against 38-year-old Jaclyn Kanani Ann Kama stem from an incident shortly before 4 a.m. on Nov. 29, when Puna Patrol officers responded to the area of South Enos Road in Mountain View on a report of suspicious activity involving several individuals and vehicles.

As officers approached one of the vehicles to investigate, they contacted a female seated in the driver’s seat, who was later identified as Kama. Officers discovered Kama had an outstanding no-bail warrant of arrest.

“Officers informed Kama that she was under arrest and requested she exit the vehicle,” according to a press release from Hawai‘i Police Department. “Kama refused numerous verbal commands from the officers and accelerated the vehicle towards a parked police vehicle, striking it, and placing the officers in danger.”

Police say, Kama then reversed the vehicle off the edge of the roadway, where it became stuck; however, Kama still continued to accelerate the vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest. The 38-year-old was taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured during this incident.

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The vehicle Kama was operating was recovered and towed to the Hilo Police Station pending execution of a search warrant, which resulted in the recovery of approximately 17.6 grams of methamphetamine, 16 grams of dried marijuana, a glass smoking pipe with residue, and firearm ammunition.

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Kama was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted-assault against a law enforcement officer, first-degree criminal property damage, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, and ownership/possession (ammunition) prohibited.

Her bail was set at $107,000.

Kama remains in custody at the Hawai’i Community Correctional Center and is scheduled to make her initial court appearance for these charges, today in Hilo District Court.

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