Hilo Woman Charged After Intentionally Hitting Police Vehicle

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged 38-year-old Jaclyn Kanani Ann Kama of Hilo with assault against a law enforcement officer, as well as other property, drug, and firearm offenses.

On Monday afternoon, November 30, after conferring with county prosecutors, police detectives charged Kama with two counts of first-degree attempted-assault against a law enforcement officer, first-degree criminal property damage, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, and ownership/possession (ammunition) prohibited. Her bail was set at $107,000.

The charges against Kama stem from an incident shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday, November 29, when Puna Patrol officers responded to the area of South Enos Road in Mountain View for a report of suspicious activity involving several individuals and vehicles.

As officers approached one of the vehicles to investigate, they contacted a female seated in the driver seat. Officers were able to confirm her identity as Kama, and determined 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 accelerated the vehicle towards 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; however, Kama still continued to accelerate the vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest. Kama was taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured during this incident.

The vehicle Kama was operating was recovered and towed to the Hilo Police Station pending execution of a search warrant, which resulted in the recovery of approximately 17.6 grams of methamphetamine, 16 grams of dried marijuana, a glass smoking pipe with residue, and firearm ammunition.

Kama remains in custody at the Hawai’i Community Correctional Center and is scheduled to make her initial court appearance for these charges, December 1 in Hilo District Court.

HPD photo.