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Waikiki joy ride doesn't end well for accused thief

Published On: Jun 30 2013 06:14:00 PM HST

A joy ride in Waikiki with a stolen semi did not end well for the thief, who crashed the semi into the Waikiki beachfront before being arrested.

HONOLULU -

A joy ride in Waikiki with a stolen semi truck did not end well for the thief.

A bird's-eye view of the chase shows police officers hauling after the truck.

Police say a man entered the truck, found the keys and decided to go for a drive.

Witnesses say the chase started by Kapiolani Park where the truck started ripping down parking meters going down the wrong way on Kalakaua Avenue.

Those watching pulled out their phones to record the chaos.

"I was thinking how this is pretty interesting. You don't see this every day, it was pretty remarkable," said witness Liam Gilbert.

"One officer came out into the street, this guy didn't even slow down for anything, just smashed right into him, kept going, spun this guy around and crushed the whole side of his car," said witness Scotty Lee pointing to a police car.

The truck also took down a tree before ending up on the beach. Witnesses say the man then jumped out of the truck and started swimming past a wall into the ocean. He was in the water for more than an hour before police were able to get to him. The next day the city and county crews cleaned up the aftermath.

There were visible tracks left where the semi truck went through the busy Waikiki beach that is normally crowded with hundreds of people. Witnesses said luckily it happened at night when it wasn't so crowded, but some say the truck barely missed them.

"He starts trucking it towards us and we all get off the bench and into the bushes and he goes right past us," said witness Wes Ewing.

"It really didn't feel real to see two giant head lights not on the road on this path, and then when he hit the tree there was a really loud thud," said witness Cody Macarthur.

Allen Pitts, 43, was arrested on traffic violations and auto theft. He has not been charged, and remains in custody as police continue with the investigation.

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