In a recent Maui Police Department press release: Mr. Melvin R. Johnson Jr. was arrested for driving a vehicle under the influence of intoxication on 04/07/2020 at 7:59 PM. Mr Johnson is a 25-year veteran with the Maui Police Department and currently assigned to the Wailuku Criminal Investigation Division. Johnson was not on duty at the time of his arrest. Details of the incident are still under investigation. He was released after posting $ 1,000 bail. MPD will also conduct an internal investigation into this matter.
Chief Tivoli Faaumu would like the public to know that he holds his officers accountable for their actions whether they are on duty or not. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone arrested has the right to due process.
July 4, 2020 – Results of the campaign against impaired driving:
As an extension of the Maui Police Department’s ZERO TOLERANCE approach to impaired driving, officers were in force starting Thursday July 3 and continuing through the July 4 vacation weekend.
The Maui Police Department made (10) ten arrests for driving a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), and (2) two arrests for habitual driving under the influence of an intoxicant . Traffic officers also towed (10) ten vehicles related to the OVUII arrests. Any vehicle that was not towed under the new county ordinance suffered crippling damage due to a motor vehicle accident, or there was a sober passenger capable of legally driving the vehicle.
In total, the Maui Police Department conducted (15) fifteen separate checkpoints throughout the county for the screening of 1,331 vehicles. There were no deaths while driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs during the July 4 vacation.
As of July 5, 2020, Maui County Police have made 262 driving a vehicle under the influence of poisoning (OVUII) arrests with 13 usually driving a vehicle under the influence of poisoning for a total of 275 arrests since the start of the year, compared to 280 during the same period last year.
In the state of Hawaii, an OVUII arrest becomes a felony on the third arrest following two previous convictions within 10 years of the offense. Or if a person has been convicted of habitual OVUII one or more times in the 10 years preceding the current offense.
One notable arrest during the weekend’s crackdown was the arrest of 21-year-old Wailuku resident Christian Kalalau Johnson. At 12:20 a.m. on July 4, 2020, Mr. Kalalau Johnson was arrested at a poisoning checkpoint located on the Haleakala and Hana highways. During the screening of Mr Kalalau Johnson, it was found that he showed signs of impairment. Mr Kalalau Johnson failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. During Mr Kalalau Johnson’s arrest, he assaulted two police officers, causing minor injuries to both officers. Both officers were treated for their injuries and were able to return to work immediately.
Mr Kalalau Johnson was subsequently arrested and charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of intoxication (OVUII), resisting arrest and (2 counts) assaulting a police officer. Mr. Kalalau Johnson’s bond has been set at $ 3,200.