HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
LIEUTENANT RANDALL MEDEIROS
APRIL 14, 2005
South Hilo patrol officers arrested a 34-year-old Hilo man Wednesday (April 13, 2005) after responding to what was initially reported as a traffic collision between a truck and a motorcycle in Papaikou.
Answering to a 2:01 p.m. call, the officers learned that the truck involved had fled the area and that the collision appeared to be intentional.
Witnesses told police that the motorcycle was being chased by a truck north on the Old Mamalahoa Highway. As the vehicles neared the intersection with Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) and the Papaikou overpass, the truck struck the motorcycle, knocking its 38-year-old rider to the pavement.
Shortly after learning the circumstances of the incident and that the victim knew the suspect, responding officers located the truck at 2:20 p.m. in the Wainaku area.
The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Wayne M. Sarme Sr., was arrested for second-degree attempted murder. He is being held in the police cellblock pending further investigation by East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section detectives.
The victim was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was later reported in stable condition.
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