Firefighter accused of attempted murder will plead not guilty

A Honolulu firefighter accused of attempted murder will plead not guilty, according to his lawyer.

Carlin Jones was arrested Wednesday after police say he used his car to try to run over a group of men in Waikiki.

“Mr. Jones has no record,” defense attorney Howard Luke told KHON2. “He’s a firefighter. He’s a good man, a good family man. He’s the father of a very young child. He was on his way home and unfortunately this incident occurred and here we are today.”

Jones was also arrested for impersonating an officer and endangering the welfare of a minor, but police never charged him.

“The initial charges that were contemplated by the Honolulu Police Department (and) prosecutor’s office perhaps were without any merit and so the charges have been greatly reduced,” Luke said. “I don’t think that’s supported by the evidence that I know of.”

Honolulu Fire Department officials say Jones is on administrative leave without pay.

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