Police and Fire


POSTED: Saturday, December 19, 2009

Alcohol found in system of wrong-way motorcyclist

A motorcyclist who died in a wrong-way, hit-and-run crash on Moanalua Freeway was operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office said yesterday.

Chad Morimatsu, 24, of Honolulu had a blood alcohol level of 0.099. It is unlawful for a person to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.

Morimatsu had no other drugs in his system, the office said. He died of multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle collision.

Police said Morimatsu was riding a motorcycle in the Koko Head direction in the Waianae-bound lanes of the freeway at about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday when he lost control and fell off near the Ala Kapuna Street overpass.

A vehicle then ran over him and fled, police said. Officers were still looking for the driver of the vehicle.


Escapee from work detail gives up after calling police

A 40-year-old inmate who escaped from a work detail turned himself in in Kaneohe, officials said.

Shane Caminos called police at about 6 p.m. Thursday and said he could be picked up at a Kaneohe park, said Francis Sequeira, warden at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Caminos was taken back to OCCC Thursday night and charged with second-degree escape, Sequeira said.

Caminos was sent to prison in 1989 for robbery and auto theft but was later paroled. He was currently serving a five-year prison term that was supposed to end in January 2011. He fled Tuesday during a work-line lunch break at Ala Moana Beach Park.


Witness's call aids arrest of Waikiki stabbing suspect

Police arrested a 25-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a 30-year-old man with a kitchen knife several times in Waikiki.

At about 4:25 a.m. yesterday, a third man called police after witnessing the stabbing, police said. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.

The victim was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with injuries to his torso, arms and one leg, police said.


Sanitation worker treated for exposure to chemicals

A 44-year-old sanitation worker was treated yesterday for exposure to noxious chemicals left in a recycling container on Kauai.

The man, who works for Garden Isle Disposal, was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital as a precaution, said Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman. A 21-year-old woman who was also exposed to the fumes declined treatment.

Firefighters responded to the Nawiliwili facility at about 1 p.m. and found a small amount of liquid bubbling on the ground, Daubert said. Firefighters also found empty bottles of drain and glass cleaner and paint thinner.

Materials placed in recycling containers should be clean and not contain hazardous or medical waste, the county said.