Kauai man arrested after attempting to evade police

Kawai Matsusaka

Kauai police captured a wanted Kalaheo man Tuesday afternoon in Wailua, after the suspect attempted to flee from police.

At about 2:30 p.m., police received a tip that a male subject was attempting to break into an unattended vehicle parked at the foot of the Nonou Mountain trail, also known as Sleeping Giant, located off Haleilio Road in Wailua Houselots.

Upon responding to the scene, officers located and identified the suspect as Kawai Matsusaka, 22, and learned that he was also wanted on an outstanding bench warrant.

When officers tried to detain Matsusaka, he fled the area on foot and police gave chase. Additional officers from the Hanalei and Lihue district responded and located Matsusaka at the junction of Haleilio and Nonou roads at about 4 p.m.

Matsusaka was arrested for the outstanding bench warrant and first degree attempted unauthorized entry into a motor Vehicle.

He is currently being held at police cellblock in lieu of $3,000.

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