Suspect in Windward Oahu road rage incident had previous run-ins with the law

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It was a case of violent road rage that spanned from the H-3 Freeway and ended in Waimanalo.

Honolulu police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Abiva late Wednesday for felony terroristic threatening and felony reckless endangering.

Witnesses saw him pull out a gun and fire several shots following a traffic incident that ended in Waimanalo.

“Sounds really out of character for him. I just found out what he’s being accused of, so I mean, it seems out of character,” neighbor James Karins said.

Police say Abiva and two other friends on motorcycles had a traffic incident with a woman in her car on the H-3 Freeway and they followed her into Waimanalo.

She called her family members and when she met up with them, they got into a fight with Abiva and witnesses say he pulled out a gun. Police say at least two shots were fired into the ground.

“Don’t often get people shooting at each other in this situation. Honolulu is the safest city for violent crime, so this is an anomaly,” HPD Capt. Dagan Tsuchida said.

Court records show Abiva’s arrest comes while he is serving five years probation for a 2011 robbery conviction — a felony.

He was also cited last month for speeding, going 45 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone, and was due in traffic court next month.

“He owns a tow truck and owns a couple motorcycles, so he’s on the road a lot,” Karins said.

Police say Abiva’s latest arrest stems from road rage. Many have experienced it at some time while driving.

“A little, but I don’t get super mad and yell and honk my horn,” one driver said.

Anger management experts say the best tip to keep tempers in check is to breathe.

“There’s other people on the road. Safety first,” another driver said.

“If there’s no aloha, stay off the road. There’s no use for that,” a third driver said.

Anyone involved in a road rage incident is urged to get to a safe place and call 911.

HPD can track the driver down from a license plate number and will even send letters to the registered owner, telling them not to drive dangerously.

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