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Big Island police officer under investigation following Nov. 7 crash in Hilo

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HILO, Hawaii -- The crash happened around 1:40 a.m. at the intersection of Kekuanaoa Street and Kilauea Avenue.

According to investigators, the off-duty officer was driving a police subsidized vehicle – a 2015 Dodge – when he struck a light pole and hedges on the shoulder of Kilauea Avenue.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but investigators say they are looking into speed and alcohol impairment as possible factors. The officer was not given a field sobriety test at the time of the crash and police officials say that is also being looking into.

The officer has not been identified by name but police tell KITV4 that he is a 12-year veteran on the force. That officer was not injured in the crash.

Big Island police say they are still investigating “to determine appropriate criminal charges.” The department’s Office of Professional Standards is also investigating. The officer is on paid administrative leave while the investigation takes place.

The Hawaii Police Department issued the following statement on this incident, saying in part, “Members of Hawai‘i Police Department are held to a higher standard of conduct, and we take particular measures to ensure a fair and thorough investigation of any incident involving an officer to ensure the public’s trust. Hawai‘i Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality police service ensuring that we enforce the laws (even when it pertains to our own officers), preserve peace, and provide a safe environment for our island community.”

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