Puna Man Arrested, Charged for Operating Stolen Vehicle

The Hawai`i Police Department has arrested and charged 26-year-old Dominick Gavin Paul Gonzado of Kurtistown with operating a stolen vehicle, as well as drug and traffic-related offenses.

On Saturday, November 7, after conferring with County Prosecutors, detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged Gonzado with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving without a valid driver’s license, and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug. His total bail was set at $22,000 for these offenses.

The charges stem from an incident early Saturday morning (November 7), shortly after 1:30 a.m., when Puna Patrol officers observed a vehicle on the shoulder of 31st Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park with the engine running, headlights on, and a male sleeping within the driver seat. Officers contacted Gonzado in the vehicle to check on his welfare. He was sleeping, with the vehicle in gear. Officers determined that Gonzado had an outstanding warrant, and the vehicle had been reported stolen in late October 2020. Upon placing Gonzado under arrest, he was found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe with residue.   

Unable to post bail, Gonzado remained in police custody pending his initial appearance in Hilo District Court on Monday afternoon where he was granted supervised release.