A person who was described as having a protracted historical past of endangering others whereas fleeing from police in his automobile was arrested Saturday morning after he hit a jogger and was seen driving recklessly from Lahaina to Wailuku to Paia, police stated.
Marcus Ruggiero, 56, of Wailuku was charged with leaving the scene of a collision involving critical bodily harm, first-degree negligent harm, first-degree resisting an order to cease a motorcar, habitually driving underneath the affect of an intoxicant, two counts of driving whereas his license was suspended or revoked, three counts of reckless driving, obligation upon putting unattended automobile and obligation to provide data and render support.
Lahaina patrol officers tried to cease Ruggiero after receiving a report at 5:10 a.m. Saturday a couple of blue Nissan Altima driving into oncoming lanes on the Lahaina bypass, police stated. After discovering the automobile, officers recognized the motive force as Ruggiero, who didn’t cease and continued driving towards Wailuku, police stated.
Due to Ruggiero’s historical past of operating from police and for the security of others on the highway, Lahaina officers ended the pursuit of Ruggiero, police stated. Details about him and the automobile was transmitted to officers in Wailuku, Kihei and Lahaina.
At 5:57 a.m., Ruggiero was seen driving into Wailuku city, the place an off-duty police officer on his approach to work noticed the Nissan collide right into a pedestrian who was jogging alongside the aspect of Honoapiilani Freeway, police stated. The off-duty officer instantly known as for assist and aided the jogger whereas Ruggiero drove away, making no try to cease and assist, police stated.
The jogger, a 27-year-old Waikapu man, suffered non-life-threatening accidents and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Middle for added remedy.
Shortly afterward, at 6:20 a.m., police stated Ruggiero once more was reported to be driving recklessly on Haleakala Freeway. Wailuku patrol officers positioned the Nissan on Hana Freeway because it headed towards Paia and tried to cease Ruggiero. Police stated officers ended makes an attempt to cease the automobile due to harmful roadway situations created by Ruggiero.
He was arrested after the Nissan was reported to be within the Makena space at 8:25 a.m., after it hit a parked automotive close to Makena State Park, police stated. Kihei patrol officers positioned the Nissan within the parking zone of La Perouse Bay, surrounded the automobile and arrested Ruggiero, who was inside, police stated.
After he was transported to the Kihei Police Station, site visitors DUI Activity Drive officers had been known as as a result of Ruggiero was noticed with indicators of impairment, police stated. Visitors investigators, who’re licensed as drug recognition specialists, spoke with Ruggiero and detected indicators of drug impairment, police stated.
Ruggiero was charged with the felony offense of habitually driving underneath the affect of an intoxicant. He has a previous routine DUI conviction in a 2015 case, based on courtroom information.
Throughout Ruggiero’s preliminary look Monday in Wailuku District Courtroom, his bail was elevated from $48,000 to $500,000 on the request of the prosecution. Ruggiero was ordered to put on a steady alcohol monitoring system if he posts bail to be launched.
Police stated Ruggiero has a felony historical past of 77 arrests and 58 convictions, together with 15 for felony offenses, 24 for misdemeanors and 19 for petty misdemeanors.
On the time of his arrest, Ruggiero had been launched from jail after posting $216,000 bail in two pending instances charging him with tried second-degree homicide, three counts of resisting an order to cease a motorcar, two counts of reckless driving and two counts of driving whereas his license was suspended. His bail bonds had been revoked within the pending instances.
“The arrest of Mr. Ruggiero was a collaborative effort of all patrol districts — Lahaina, Wailuku and Kihei,” stated police site visitors commander Lt. William Hankins. “The truth that nobody has been killed but by Mr. Ruggiero is nothing wanting a miracle.”
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