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Hawaii lawmaker is arrested for ‘drunk driving after going wrong way on one-way street’


Don’t you know who I am? I’m going to be the next governor: Hawaii lawmaker’s ‘slurred rant to cops when she was arrested for driving under the influence after going the wrong way down a one-way street’

  • Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har, 52, at 10.20pm on February 23 
  • She said in a statement emailed by attorney that she’s been taking prescription cough medicine with codeine to control symptoms of upper respiratory illness
  • However, when stopped by police she reportedly told them she wasn’t taking any prescribed medication and refused to take a sobriety test 
  • During the arrest one officer said Har ‘began asking if I knew who she is’ 
  • ‘Sharon then related that she was going to be the next governor but “this” will mess up her plans,’ the police report claims  
  • Har was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant

Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har (pictured), 52, on February 23 near the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streets

A Hawaii lawmaker reportedly asked police if they knew who she was when they arrested her for driving under the influence after she was observed going the wrong way down a one-way street last week. 

Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har, 52, at 10.20pm on February 23 near the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streets.

The Oahu Democrat said in a statement emailed by her attorney, Howard K.K. Luke, on Tuesday that she has been taking prescription cough medicine with codeine to control symptoms of an upper respiratory illness.

But a damaging police report released just days after her arrest claimed that Har was slurring and smelled of alcohol

Officer Christopher Morgado, said Har ‘began asking if I knew who she is,’ according to Hawaii News Now

‘Sharon then related that she was going to be the next governor but “this” will mess up her plans,’ the report claims. 

Officer Clinton Ono said in the report that Har ‘began to yell that she was embarrassed, that her wrists hurt, questioned us as to why there needed to be so many officers at the scene, and stated “Black Lives Matter”.’ 

‘She then began to yell at officers Ting and Tory to hurry up because she needed to call people,’ Ono said.  

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Har (pictured) reportedly asked police if they knew who she was when they arrested her for driving under the influence after she was observed driving the wrong way down a one-way street last week

Har (pictured) reportedly asked police if they knew who she was when they arrested her for driving under the influence after she was observed driving the wrong way down a one-way street last week

Honolulu Police Sgt Adam Lipka also said he could ‘smell the odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath and the interior of the vehicle’.  

In the statement from Har’s attorney, the lawmaker said she had a beer with dinner after a late evening at work, which together with her medication contributed to her impaired driving.

‘While I didn’t realize it at that time, that decision coupled with my medication is something I will regret for the rest of my life,’ Har said in the statement. 

‘I am extremely sorry for not anticipating the effect of this combination on my driving. I deeply apologize to my constituents, friends, family and colleagues, and to the public for this failure on my part,’ she said in the statement.

Har thanked the police for being professional during her arrest and said she was grateful no one was hurt.

However, police accounts claimed that Har told officers ‘that she is not currently taking prescription medication,’ according to Hawaii News Now. 

Har is seen apologizing and explaining the incident to fellow lawmakers last week

Har is seen apologizing and explaining the incident to fellow lawmakers last week 

Har, who is tough on drunk driving law, also refused to take a field sobriety test, police said. 

House Speaker Scott Saiki in a statement called the incident ‘unfortunate’.

‘We are wishing Representative Har and her family the best right now,’ he said.

Har represents Kapolei and Makakilo. She was first elected to the state House in 2006. 

She is also an attorney specializing in real estate, land use and construction litigation.

Har was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, police said. She posted $500 bail and was released. 

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