A 34 year old woman in Kahului was again arrested for suspected driving under the influence of alcohol on August 4th. Kristen Uilani Davis was previously convicted for negligent vehicular homicide involving drunk driving.
Davis was arrested by Police DUI Task Force officers around 6:36 pm at a traffic stop at Hana Highway and Dairy Road.
Concerned Citizen Called in the Drunk Driver
A concerned citizen alerted the police to be on the lookout for Davis after seeing her leave a Kahului business in an intoxicated state. Police said she was seen leaving the area in a white Jeep with another female passenger.
Davis was stopped at the traffic stop where DUI Task Force officer reported her showing signs of being intoxicated. She was promptly arrested for consuming or possessing intoxicating liquor while driving a car and driving under the influence of alcohol/intoxicant.
According to police records, Davis was soon released after posting a bail of $1,200. Police traffic commander Lt. William Hankins commended the citizen who called the police to report Davis. Hankins said impaired drivers were a risk to everyone and having help in removing these types of drivers from roadways was greatly appreciated.
Not the First DUI Charge
This is the second time Davis is being arrested for driving while intoxicated. Her first offense was when she was 19 years old. Her car drifted into the opposite lane on Honoapiilani Highway in Ukumehame the night of Aug. 23rd, 2005. She collided with another car being driven by 41 year old Wailuku man.
According to the police, the man died at the accident scene and Davis was critically injured. Her blood alcohol level was 0.16, twice the legal limit of 0.08. She got off with a three years’ sentence of house arrest after pleading no contest to first-degree negligent homicide.
DUI Penalties for Habitual Violators in Hawaii
Hawaii considers habitual DUI violations as a class-C felony. It’s vital to get in touch with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer immediately to understand rights and options. DUI is considered habitual when the offender has one prior habitual DUI conviction or two prior DUI convictions within ten years.
Offenders may face up to five years in prison and possible continuous alcohol monitoring. This makes it necessary to speak with a DUI lawyer immediately after being charged. Habitual violators are also subject to $2,000 to $5,000 in fines and three-to-five-year license revocation.
Knowledgeable drunk driving accident attorneys can help create a winning defense. DUI attorneys understand the ins and outs of Hawaii DUI laws and can easily navigate a lawsuit for the best possible outcome.