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This sport utility vehicle carrying four teenagers was involved in a high-speed chase in Lanikai on Friday night. Honolulu police say a BMW driven by former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis rammed into the SUV, chasing the teens after they allegedly threw eggs at his home.
Former trustee arrested after Lanikai car chase, crash
Teenagers egged home of former trustee Gerard Jervis, who gave chase while drunk, say police
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Former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis remained behind bars last night after his arrest following a wild car chase in Lanikai late Friday night.
Honolulu police said Jervis was drunk when four teenagers in a white sport utility vehicle threw eggs at his home.
Jervis got into his black BMW, drove after the teenagers, and allegedly rammed his car into the back of the SUV. The front of the SUV snagged a cable hanging off a telephone pole and lifted off the ground. Neighbors said Jervis was cursing and yelling at the boys, saying that he would do it again if they ever returned.
Jervis is one of five trustees who resigned or were forced out in the late 1990s after they were accused of mismanaging the multibillion-dollar Bishop Estate, which benefits the Kamehameha Schools.
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Former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis was drunk when he rammed his black BMW sedan into a sport utility vehicle carrying four teenagers late Friday night in Lanikai, Honolulu police said.
Jervis was arrested following a car chase through Lanikai that ended with the SUV hanging off of a telephone cable at the intersection of Aalapapa and Kaelepulu drives.
The SUV was propelled up a telephone pole, and stayed in a vertical position, "risking the lives" of the four 17-year-old boys, police said.
Neither Jervis nor the boys were injured in the incident.
Police said Jervis got into his car and drove after the boys after they allegedly threw eggs at his Onekea Street house and neighboring homes at about 11 p.m. Friday night.
Jervis was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal property damage and driving under the influence and remained in police custody last night at the main cellblock downtown. The driver of the SUV was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police said they have also opened a harassment investigation against the boys in connection with the egg-throwing.
Neighbors described Jervis' behavior as being "out of control" after he rammed the SUV, and said he continued to yell and curse at the boys following the crash.
"Jervis was out of his mind," said Lanikai resident Marya Grambs, adding that he looked like he wanted to fight the boys.
Grambs pulled the boys away from Jervis. She said the boys appeared frightened and she offered them water and sodas, while Jervis continued to yell near the crash site.
"He was saying, 'You're acting innocent and you know you're not innocent and you keep doing this to my house,'" she said. "And just swearing expletives, expletives, expletives."
Police were at the intersection yesterday, taking photos and examining the skid marks left by the boys' vehicle.
Vandalism, car break-ins and house egging are common in Lanikai, residents said. Jervis' neighbor, Dan Jordan, said mailboxes get hit with baseball bats and houses are often egged. Egg shells could be seen around the neighborhood yesterday.
"I could imagine Gerry was just sick of it," Jordan said. "If it wasn't Gerry that went after them, I might've done the same because I think everybody's sick of it."
Grambs said she's glad the boys were OK, and that she believes the vandalism and break-ins may stop. However, she said she doesn't condone Jervis' behavior.
"The kids almost got killed," Grambs said. "They could've smashed into a wall. You understand that people get angry, but that's vigilante justice and that's never right."
Jervis, 59, an attorney, was among the five trustees of the Bishop Estate who resigned or were forced out after a scandal over mismanagement of the multibillion-dollar trust that funds the Kamehameha Schools.
He resigned in 1999 after the Internal Revenue Service threatened to revoke the estate's tax-exempt status if the board was not removed.
Jervis was involved in a scandal with a trust lawyer who killed herself the day after they were found having sex in a restroom at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.
Jervis was later hospitalized after overdosing on sleeping pills.