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Maui Impaired Driving Enforcement Nets 10 Arrests, One on Suspicion of Habitual OVUII

February 8, 2021, 11:14 AM HST
* Updated February 8, 11:15 AM
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Francisco Antonio Miranda. PC: Maui Police Department

Maui police made 10 arrests for impaired driving, including one for suspicion of Habitual OVUII during an impaired driving enforcement effort that started on Friday and continued through Sunday.

Police say the enforcement was part of a weekend campaign to address impaired driving over the Big Game weekend.

The Maui Police Department DUI Task Force held multiple checkpoints, screening 296 vehicles.

Police say four arrests were made for traffic offenses such as driving with an open container, prohibitions involving minors and driving while having a suspended or revoked license. Police towed all 10 vehicles following the arrest of the operators for impaired driving.

One arrest involved Francisco Antonio Miranda, 32, of Haʻikū, who was arrested on suspicion of Habitually Operating a Vehicle while Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (OVUII). The offense is considered a Class C Felony, and is punishable by up to five years in prison if convicted.

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Police say the man was stopped by a DUI Task Force officer at North Kīhei Road/ Honoapiʻilani Highway at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

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Bail was set at $5,000 and the vehicle operated at the time of the traffic stop was towed from the scene in accordance with the Maui County tow ordinance.

In the State of Hawaiʻi, an OVUII arrest becomes a felony on the third arrest following two prior convictions within 10 years of the instant offense. Or if a person was convicted of Habitual OVUII one or more times within 10 years prior to the instant offense.

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