Friday, May 25, 2001

HPD officer discovered
dead in his own home

By Rod Antone
Star Bulletin

Honolulu police homicide detectives are investigating the death of an HPD sergeant who was under investigation for driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a traffic accident last week.

Co-workers found the body of Kelvin Dow, 40, in his Waipio home, yesterday, after Dow had not reported to work Wednesday.

A spokesman for the medical examiner's office said an autopsy was scheduled today.

According to police reports, Dow was off-duty on May 17 and traveling Wahiawa-bound on Kamehameha Highway just before 2:30 p.m. when the car he was driving rammed into the rear of a pick-up truck stopped at the Waipio Uka Street intersection.

Police reports stated that Dow failed a field sobriety test and that his blood-alcohol level was 0.18. Hawaii's legal blood alcohol limit is .08.

Dow had been placed on desk duty until the investigation and judicial proceedings were finished. Dow was a 20-year police veteran, said a department spokeswoman.

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