HONOLULU (KHON2) — A state lawmaker who performed a key function in strengthening drunk driving legal guidelines has been arrested for driving beneath the affect. Police stated, Rep. Sharon Har was allegedly going the mistaken approach on a one-way avenue when officers pulled her over.
Police arrested Rep. Har simply earlier than 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.
Sources say she was going the mistaken approach down South Beretania Avenue and tried to show the mistaken approach onto Piikoi Avenue when she was stopped.
The 52-year-old lawmaker representing Kapolei and Makakilo was arrested for Working a Automobile Below the Affect of an Intoxicant. Her bail was set at $500.
Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving Hawaii factors out that going the mistaken approach takes ingesting and driving to a different degree of hazard.
“She’s very fortunate that she didn’t damage any person else or herself. I’m positive right now she’s realizing how harmful it was and the way silly,” stated Theresa Paulette, MADD Hawaii’s Sufferer Companies Specialist.
Har launched the interlock ignition invoice in 2008, which grew to become legislation. It required repeat offenders or first-time offenders who’re extremely intoxicated to have an interlock ignition gadget of their car. She advised KHON2 in 2008 that she wrote the invoice as a result of she was hit by a drunk driver one yr earlier than.
“Because the crash was occuring I stored pondering I used to be going to die tonight,” stated Har in 2008.
“It’s completely disappointing and in addition harmful. She is an individual who actually is aware of higher as she was hit by a drunk driver a couple of years in the past,” stated Paulette.
Home Speaker Scott Saiki commented on the incident on Tuesday, Feb. 23:
“That is an unlucky incident. We’re wishing Consultant Har and her household the very best proper now.”
Home Speaker Scott Saiki
Consultant Har says she had a beer after a late night at work and the drink paired along with her prescribed cough remedy led to her impairment.
Har launched the next assertion Tuesday night:
I’ve had an higher respiratory sickness for a number of weeks now. Consequently, I’ve been taking prescribed cough remedy with codeine to regulate the signs related to my sickness. On February 22, 2021, after a late night at work, I had a beer with my dinner. This, together with my remedy, contributed to my impaired driving. I’m extraordinarily sorry for not anticipating the impact of this mixture on my driving. I deeply apologize to my constituents, buddies, household and colleagues, and to the general public for this failure on my half. I wish to categorical my gratitude to the officers of the Honolulu Police Division for the skilled method wherein they carried out their responsibility in effecting my arrest. Above all, I’m grateful that nobody was damage.
Hawaii State Consultant Sharon Har