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Gerard Jervis, left, listened yesterday during his arraignment in District Court. At right was Dean Hoe, Jervis' defense attorney. Jervis was arrested Friday night after a car chase in which an SUV ended up suspended on a utility pole wire.
Jervis pleads not guilty in attack
The former official for Kamehameha Schools is accused of ramming his car into an SUV
Former Kamehameha Schools trustee Gerard Jervis pleaded not guilty yesterday to first-degree criminal property damage for allegedly using his car to ram a sport utility vehicle carrying teenagers who he said threw eggs at his house.
Jervis appeared in Honolulu District Court with two attorneys, his wife and about a half-dozen other people described as family. He did not speak to reporters as he left the courtroom.
Attorney Dan Oyasato said Jervis would have no comment on either the "public perception" or the "public discussion of this matter."
"Mr. Jervis is maintaining his innocence," Oyasato said.
District Judge Russel Nagata granted a motion by another Jervis attorney, Dean Hoe, that the SUV not be touched for the next two weeks so it can be inspected. Nagata scheduled a preliminary hearing for 1:30 p.m. April 3.
Jervis was arrested Friday night after a car chase in which the SUV ended up suspended on a utility pole guy wire. He was also arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant but has not been charged with that offense.
Lawyer Paul Cunney said earlier that Jervis had just returned to his Lanikai home from dinner when the egging occurred. Cunney said Jervis got into his BMW sedan, followed the SUV and flashed his lights to get it to stop. He said Jervis only hit the SUV after it lost control on a turn and crashed.
Four teenagers in the SUV were identified by Cunney as Saint Louis School students.