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MPD Officer Injured While Responding to Abuse Case

On Wednesday at about 1 p.m., officers of the Maui Police Department’s Wailuku Patrol Division were responding to a report of a domestic abuse near the Kula Fire Station, located at 50 Calasa Rd.

While responding to the case, information was received stating that the male offender of the domestic abuse had fled the Kula area in a blue truck in an unknown direction. As the officers continued their emergency response southbound on Kula Highway in the area of Lower Kula road (also known as Skid Row), the male offender, later identified as 35-year-old Kula resident Garette Moriwake, approached the officers in a blue Toyota pick-up truck from the opposite direction. The Toyota pick-up truck then veered across the center line and collided into the first Police vehicle, an SUV, before climbing an embankment and colliding into a tractor trailer truck which had pulled to the western shoulder of Kula Highway.

Officer Max Kincaid, the operator of the Police SUV, was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision before being released.

Moriwake was placed under arrest and transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained in the collision.

The circumstances of this incident are still under investigation.

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