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Maui man arrested after series of reckless driving incidents including hit-and-run

Marcus Ruggero. CP: Maui Police Department

Maui police arrested a Wailuku man on Saturday after a series of reckless driving reports across the island on Saturday morning that included allegations of driving in oncoming traffic in Lahaina, a hit-and-run accident in Wailuku which injured a Waikapū man and a collision with a parked car in Mākena.

The rash of incidents ended around four hours after the initial report, with police apprehending Marcus Ruggerio, 56, at Mākena in La Pérouse Bay for a list of criminal and misdemeanor offences.

According to police records, Ruggiero has a history of 77 arrests, with 58 convictions – 15 felonies, 24 misdemeanors and 19 misdemeanors. At the time of his arrest, police said the man was out on bail for: attempted murder, three counts of resisting a stop order, two counts of reckless driving and two counts of driving with a suspended license .

The eruption of incidents began around 5:10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, when Lahaina patrol officers received a report of a reckless motorist driving on the Lahaina Bypass. The vehicle, described as a blue Nissan Altima, was reported driving in oncoming traffic lanes.

Lahaina patrol officers found the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but say the driver did not stop and continued toward Wailuku. They identified the driver as Marcus Ruggiero and ended the pursuit for the safety of people on the road.

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“Ruggiero has a long history of fleeing from police in his vehicle and in doing so puts everyone on the roadway at risk due to his reckless disregard for everyone’s safety,” according to a press release issued by police. .

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Subsequently, information regarding the vehicle and operator was relayed to all units in Wailuku, Kīhei and Lahaina via police dispatch.

At around 5:57 a.m., police said Ruggiero was seen driving into the town of Wailuku, where an off-duty police officer on his way to work saw the blue Nissan Altima collide with a pedestrian who was jogging along the road on the Honoapiʻilani Highway. .

“The off-duty officer immediately called for help and assisted the pedestrian as Ruggiero walked away without attempting to stop and assist,” according to department reports. The pedestrian, a 27-year-old man from Waikapū, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.

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At around 6:20 a.m., police said the suspect was again reported driving recklessly on the Haleakalā Highway. Wailuku Patrol officers located the vehicle traveling on the Hāna Highway towards Pāʻia. The Wailuku patrol officers attempted to arrest Ruggiero, who was again positively identified by the patrol officers.

“Ruggiero continued towards the town of Pāʻia, fully aware that the police were trying to arrest him; however, he did not stop as required by law,” police said. “Once again, due to the hazardous road conditions created by Ruggiero, officers terminated all attempts to stop the vehicle,” and vehicle and operator information was again relayed to all units. .

At approximately 8:25 a.m., the blue Nissan Altima was reportedly in the Mākena area, after colliding with a car parked near Mākena State Park. Kīhei patrol officers were able to locate the vehicle in the La Pérouse bay parking lot. Officers surrounded the vehicle and placed Ruggiero (who was still in the vehicle) under arrest. Ruggiero was arrested without incident and taken to Kīhei Police Station.

Upon arrival at Kīhei Police Station, officers requested assistance from officers from the Traffic DUI Task Force. Traffic investigators, who are also certified as drug recognition experts, spoke with Ruggiero and were able to detect signs of impairment. In addition, police say they learned that Ruggiero was a repeat driving under the influence of intoxicants (OVUII).

Ruggiero was charged on Saturday with the following offences:

  1. Reckless driving (2 counts)
  2. Resist the order to stop
  3. Driving with suspended license (2 counts)
  4. Accidents resulting in significant bodily injury
  5. Duty to assist
  6. First degree negligent injury
  7. Duty in the event of a collision with an unattended vehicle
  8. Habitual driving of a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant
  9. Duty in the event of a collision with an unattended vehicle

Additionally, bail/bond for the aforementioned charges Ruggiero was out on bail for was also revoked, and he was arrested for that as well.

Total bail was set at $264,000 and Ruggiero remained in custody at last report at Wailuku Police Station.

Lt. William Hankins, MPD Traffic Commander, said, “Ruggiero’s arrest was a collaborative effort of all Patrol Districts, Lahaina, Wailuku and Kīhei. The fact that no one has been killed by Ruggiero yet is nothing short of a miracle.