Stolen vehicle narrowly misses Maui officer during traffic stop at drive-thru, suspect still on the loose

Maui police have opened an attempted murder investigation after a suspect in stolen vehicle narrowly missed a police officer at a Jack In The Box drive-thru in Kahului early Sunday morning.

The suspect is still on the loose.

Police say at approximately 1:19 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle, which was earlier observed to be speeding, entering the drive thru located at 150 East Kamehameha Avenue.

The officer was able to obtain the license plate of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and discovered it was reported to be stolen.

The officer then drove into the opposite side of the drive-thru lane and stopped in front of the stolen truck.

The suspect was appeared to be waiting in line at the drive-thru when the officer exited his patrol car to conduct a felony stop.

Police say that’s when the suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands and quickly reversed, struck a vehicle and then accelerated forward driving directly at the officer.

The officer then jumped out of the way, narrowly missing the oncoming truck.

The suspect continued to drive over the curbing and down the embankment towards Hoohana Street.

Other Patrol units responded to the scene and made checks for the stolen truck as well as the suspect, which they were unable to locate.

The officer nor the occupants of the other vehicle did not sustain any injuries, however, there were extensive damages to the patrol vehicle and the occupant’s vehicle as a result of this incident.

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