Man crashes into police car then flees

Police searching for car theft suspect in Kailua

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Honolulu Police are hunting for a man who rammed a police car then ditched his pickup truck and took off on foot.

The incident started Monday morning when a car was stolen from Lanikai.

The driver had left his iPhone in his car and using the “Find my iPhone” feature, police tracked down the phone late Monday afternoon.

They tracked the phone to street right behind Pohakupu Park in Kailua.

“And when they tried to stop a vehicle, the vehicle rammed one of the officers vehicles,” Honolulu Police Lt. Wayne Wong said.

The damage on the black police car was caused by the white pickup truck.

“Right after that, a male suspect got out of the vehicle, ran across Kalanianaole Highway,” Lt. Wong said.

The suspect ran straight into the Olomana subdivision, slipping away from police.

Officers drove through the neighborhood and stationed themselves at the exit points.

“We’re going to have the helicopter come and check the area,” Lt. Wong said.

Meanwhile back at Pohakupu Park, the SWAT team arrives with the police dogs.

“Hopefully we can pickup a scent from the vehicle that he left,” Lt. Wong said.

The dogs picked up a scent and headed across Kalanianaole Highway towards Olomana, just as the police chopper arrived.

With eyes up in the air and on the ground, police search for the suspect with guns drawn.

The dogs lead the officers to several homes, but no sign of the suspect.

After searching for more than an hour, there was still no sign of the suspect.

Police say they believe they know who the suspect is — a man who’s wanted on three outstanding warrants who has a rap sheet that includes driving a stolen car and breaking into a car.

Police have opened a criminal property damage case for the damaged police car.

As for the officer, police say he’s going to be okay.

“He’s being checked out at the hospital but he’s fine,” Lt. Wong said.

Police say the white pickup truck is not a stolen vehicle.

Meanwhile, the car that was stolen from Lanikai Monday morning is still missing.

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