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Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Police deny
bias to officer
in crash

A key factor is when the officer
was given a DUI test after
the Pali collision

Star-Bulletin Staff

Honolulu police deny that any special treatment or favoritism is being given to an off-duty police officer arrested after a car crash near downtown Saturday night that killed a teen-age girl.

"He is being treated no differently than anyone else," said police spokeswoman Michelle Yu.

A key factor in the investigation is when the 48-year-old officer was given an alcohol breathalizer test by fellow officers.

Honolulu Police Department officials confirmed the officer took the test, but would not disclose the results or comment on when the test was administered. They would also not comment on whether a field sobriety test was given or if a blood sample was taken to check for alcohol.

The victim has been identified as Dana Ambrose, 19, of Haleiwa, a Leeward Community College student. She was pronounced dead at Queen's Medical Center about 30 minutes after the 11:50 p.m. crash.

No charges have been filed against the officer, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and negligent homicide and later released.

The investigation is being handled by HPD's Internal Affairs.

Police said the officer was on vacation at the time of the crash. He was driving a white 1993 Thunderbird north on Pali Highway and collided with the driver's side of a 2000 Honda that was heading west on School Street. The victim was alone in the Honda. The officer was not injured.

According to HPD, the officer is a Windward patrol officer who has been with the department for 25 years.

Ambrose, 19, was scheduled to attend the University of Hawaii-Manoa in the upcoming spring semester, said school officials.

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