EXCLUSIVE: Wild arrest in Nanakuli

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Jun 20 2013 09:34:00 PM HST

A wanted man is caught after a high speed chase in Nanakuli. Kawailani Makaena was in court Thursday, following a dramatic arrest on Tuesday.

HONOLULU -

After a dramatic arrest on Tuesday, Kawailani Makaena was in court on Thursday.

Police had been after Makaena on suspicion of car theft. He has a long history of mostly traffic offenses, including driving under the influence and was previously convicted of car theft. Makaena is being held on contempt charges from previous arrests and they are the reason he was in court Thursday.

Witness Demont Conner said Tuesday was an afternoon he won't forget.

A highway crash, a frantic chase, then a community coming together to take down a suspect.

Conner said he was driving in the right lane of Farrington Highway, Waianae bound, and just before Lualualei Navel Road, he noticed in his rear-view mirror, a white vehicle approaching fast. Shortly after, he said that vehicle quickly swerved into the left lane and eventually into oncoming, town-bound traffic.

"He just smashed right into the car and kind of bounce(d) back and right there, the doors open, couple guys came out," Conner said.

He said he immediately thought accident and told his wife to call 911 while he pulled over to assist.

"And as I got out, I heard a girl saying, 'Eh, catch 'em, catch 'em. They trying to run away. They trying to run away.'"

Conner said the vehicle's passenger took off, but that the driver was boxed in by several witnesses, including him.

"Everybody just came together like a community and we just came and surrounded the guy and he got taken to the ground."

A few moments later, Conner said a man in a yellow shirt rushed to the scene and identified himself as an undercover officer. As for the passenger, he ssaid police eventually caught up with him and both were arrested shortly after.

From what he could see, Conner said no one was seriously hurt in Tuesday's wild scene in Nanakuli.

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