Last night, state Representative Kaniela Ing, D–South Maui, released a statement on his July 26 arrest on a $250 traffic infraction bench warrant issued back in February of this year. Here’s Ing’s statement, in full:
I deeply apologize for missing the notice and court date while on Oahu for legislative work. I will accept full responsibility for whatever outcome transpires, and apologize to my constituents for any embarrassment I have caused. This was a stupid mistake, it was a human mistake, and a lesson has been learned.
I was cited in January for failure to produce proof of insurance for a vehicle, which I had recently canceled due to my car needing repairs. I was ticketed while trying to fix my car outside of my home in Kihei. I planned on disputing charges.
A notice for me to appear in court for the infraction was sent in the mail, but I did not see it due to session on Oahu, only checking my Maui box on my weekends home, and receiving a high volume of mail. Yesterday, I was served with a bench warrant for not appearing at a hearing for the proof of insurance violation. I resolved the matter and will appear in court on August 25. I commend the Maui Police Department and court officers for their professional handling of yesterday’s events.
Today, the Maui Police Department also released Ing’s booking photo. It’s at the top of this post.
Ing is currently running for reelection; Democrat Deidre Tegarden is challenging him in the upcoming Aug. 13 Primary Election.
Click here for our July 27 story on how we discovered the bench warrant and the events that lead Ing to finally deal with it.
Photo courtesy Maui Police Department