At around 7:50 a.m. Monday, in the westbound lane of the H-1 Fwy. near Kaanohi St. in Aiea, a man escaped out of a police car.
Police say he was being transported for psychiatric evaluation.
Alexandria Gonsalves was driving to work when she saw the police car behind her had its lights on.
“At first I thought he was pulling me over until I saw a man’s legs dangling outside the window on the right-hand side of the backseat,” she told KHON2. “After breaking the window open, he managed to pull himself out through the window onto the roof of the police vehicle, then slide his body down to the hood and windshield, all while his hands were still cuffed behind him.
“He stayed on the hood of the police vehicle for a second or two before looking around to see if it was safe for him to run across the freeway, but after he noticed that all the cars were stopped behind the police vehicle… he then rolled himself off the hood of the car and sprinted off towards the barrier separating the zipper lane,” Gonsalves added.
“When I was rolling up toward the scene where they were, I saw the officer’s car and in the rear passenger seat I saw the windows popped out so I’m thinking, oh this guy must have just kicked out the window and took off running,” said witness Frank Bright. “It seemed like he didn’t care about his life or anyone else because he was just darting across the road not even looking at the cars coming towards him.”
Traffic was closed down in both directions for about a half-hour during the pursuit.
Police caught the man with the help of a Good Samaritan and took him to Queen’s Medical Center for injuries incurred during the pursuit.