Kona Man Arrested, Charged on a Variety of Offenses

The Hawai`i Police Department arrested and charged Christopher Mundon, 43, on Friday for a variety of offenses.

According to HPD officials, the arrested followed an incident that took place on March 8 in the Ali’i Drive area. Police say a pickup truck was observed by patrol officers traveling south near Magic Sands Beach at a high rate of speed and disregarding traffic laws.

Upon a successful traffic stop, the officer’s contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Mundon. Mundon reportedly refused the officers requested for proper documents and information.

Based on his behavior, and refusal to comply, HPD reports that officers requested the driver to exit the vehicle. He refused.

As officers began to open the door to remove the driver, Mundon reportedly placed the vehicle in drive and began to speed forward with one of the officer’s arms still within the vehicle. Three officers were also directly fronting the vehicle.

As the vehicle fled, the driver attempted to drive between an unrelated accident nearly striking the tow truck driver. 

Minutes later, concerned citizens called police dispatch relating that a vehicle matching the description of Mundon’s was involved in a traffic accident. Upon arrival, officers were unable to locate Mundon. 

The Kailua-Kona man located on Friday and was charged on the strength of an arrest warrant for reckless driving, reckless endangerment 2, obeying police, resisting an order to stop, excessive speed, refusing to show identification, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving without a valid license, terroristic threatening in the first degree, failure to appear in court, and violation of bail. 

Munson is being held on $29,700 bail, pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.