Man gets one year for highway speed chase

LIHUE — A man who led police on a highway speed chase through Lihue and Kapaa was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison.

Kaz Alcos, 26, of Lihue appeared before 5th Circuit Court Judge Randal Valenciano to hear his sentencing related to multiple offenses he committed, including resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and driving without a license.

Deputy prosecuting attorney Sally Tobin said the state was concerned Alcos would reoffend if the court did not give Alcos the appropriate amount of time in prison given his traffic history.

On March 6, Alcos led police through business and residential districts of Lihue and Kapaa between three and four a.m., including through Puhi and Wailua Homesteads.

“You have a horrendous traffic history,” Valenciano said to Alcos. “You placed a number of people in danger because of the highway speed chase. You shouldn’t have been on the road for a number of reasons.”

Alcos has at least 16 traffic violations dating back to 2008. The car Alcos was driving did not have a current safety inspection check when police attempted to pull him over, which is noted on the traffic citation.

Alcos was also sentenced to one year on another case to be served concurrently with the highway speed chase case.

Both cases began as traffic cases in the District Court, but were moved to Circuit Court after Alcos requested a jury trial. He then pleaded no contest and was found guilty of all charges.

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