Career Criminal Gets 10 Years for Dragging Officer
January 20, 2016
Derek Torres was sentenced January 19 to 10 years in prison on a charge of attempted assault in the first degree, Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro announced.
Torres, who pleaded guilty as charged in August 2015, will serve a two-year mandatory minimum as a repeat offender.
Torres was in the driver’s seat of a stolen car in a parking lot on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City on August 12, 2014, when he was approached by a police officer. When confronted by the officer, Torres drove away, dragging the officer about 40 feet along the pavement. The officer sustained a severe laceration to his right hand along with numerous contusions, abrasions, and scratches.
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Former deputy prosecutor Kaina Awong handled the case.