Hilo woman arrested after allegedly hitting police vehicle

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A 38-year-old Hilo woman is in police custody after allegedly ramming a Hawaii Police Department vehicle early Sunday in Puna.

Jaclyn Kanani Ann Kama was arrested on suspicion of assault against a police officer, as well as other property, drug, and traffic-related offenses in connection with the incident that began around 4 a.m.

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According to the Hawaii Police Department, Puna Patrol officers responded to the area of South Enos Road in Mountain View to a report of suspicious activity in the area involving several individuals and vehicles.

As officers approached one of the vehicles to investigate, they contacted a woman in the driver seat. According to police, officers were able to confirm her identity as Kama, and determined that she had an outstanding no-bail warrant of arrest. Officers informed Kama that she was under arrest and requested she exit the vehicle. Kama refused numerous verbal commands from the officers and allegedly accelerated the vehicle toward a parked police vehicle, striking it, and placing the officers in danger.

Kama then reversed the vehicle off the edge of the roadway, where it became stuck, according to police. Kama was then taken into custody.

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No one was injured during this incident, police said.

The vehicle Kama was operating was recovered and towed to the Hilo Police Station pending execution of a search warrant. She remained in custody pending investigation as of press-time Sunday.

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