Whoa, the Maui Police Department is in the midst of what we in the journalism profession refer to as a really crappy week. In the last three days or so, two of their own have been or are in the process of being busted for some pretty serious crimes. Let’s start with the MPD employee who’s been charged with driving under the influence.
Her name is Rachel Garvin (pictured above). Her brothers in blue arrested her shortly after 11pm on May 31 for “Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and Refusal to Submit to Breath, Blood, or Urine Test,” according to a news release the MPD sent out the next day. Garvin has been with the department for eight years, according to the news release, and works at the Receiving Desk. She’s surrendered her badge and gun, the news release states, and was released after posting $1,100 bail.
For any department, that would be bad enough. But then on June 3, the department sent out a new press release, this stating that “an employee of the Maui Police Department” was suspected of “exposing his genitals and masturbating in a vehicle in the Pukalani Terrace parking lot and the parking lot for the Hannibal Tavares Community Center” during the early morning hours of May 30. The news release states that that officer is on “personal leave” and that the case “is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division.”
“Callers described the male to be in his 40s to 50s, approximately 200 lbs., driving a green colored Toyota 4Runner,” states the June 3 MPD news release. “Investigators are pursuing a possible lead provided by at least one of the callers. Five separate Sex. Assault IV cases were initiated and the investigation is ongoing.”
Earlier on June 3, Hawaii News Now reported that “multiple sources” (all unnamed) had said the Pukalani flasher was, in fact, a Maui police officer.