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Monday, April 21, 2014

11 citations for cop in hit-and-run

Police issued traffic citations for at least 11 violations allegedly committed by Police Officer 2 Martin I. Kapileo, who was reportedly drunk when he hit a woman with his police vehicle and then fled the scene.

Police officer Jason Tarkong said yesterday that investigation found the 50-year-old Kapileo in violation of 11 traffic offenses: failure to maintain right half lane for traffic and veering off the highway, wanton disregard of lives and properties, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to submit to a breath test to determine blood alcohol content, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render assistance to the other party, failure to give name and phone number, operating a motor vehicle on the highway with open container and drinking alcoholic beverage on the highway, driving without driver’s license in possession, and misuse of government vehicle.

Kapileo, who is assigned at DPS Logistics, was arrested and detained at the Department of Corrections.

Tarkong said the victim, a 49-year-old woman, had lacerations on the scalp that required six stitches. She was soon released from the Commonwealth Health Center.

Tarkong said the DPS vehicle—a white 1999 Ford F-250 pickup—had minor damage to the right side view mirror.

According to police’s investigation, the accident happened on Saturday afternoon on the westbound shoulder lane of Chalan Monsignor Guerrero in Kannat Tabla between New Top Store and Coco’s Building.

The victim had just finished doing her laundry at the Just Laundry Mat and was walking home on the grassy area on the right shoulder by the westbound lane.

The DPS truck veered off the highway and its right side view mirror struck the pedestrian’s head as it ran off the roadway.

The vehicle failed to stop and sped off west along Chalan Monsignor Guerrero Road.

A witness, however, saw the police vehicle hit the woman. The witness followed the truck and called 911. The witness stayed on the phone and coordinated with the 911 dispatcher on the exact location of the vehicle and its license plate.

The witness followed the vehicle, which sped west on Chalan Monsignor Guerrero Road in Chalan Kiya.

The DPS emergency 911 dispatcher received the witness’ call at 12:56pm.

Police officers caught up with the truck by Beach Road, Quartermaster. The truck was pulled over and pursuing police officers found out that Kapileo was driving the government vehicle.

Police officers proceeded to New Top Store where they met the injured victim. An ambulance brought her to CHC for treatment.

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