MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – A woman was arrested on Mauna Kea in the early hours of Sunday morning, after allegedly hitting an Office of Mauna Kea Management vehicle with her car.
According to the State Attorney General:
“Early this morning, law enforcement personnel arrested an individual for criminal property damage after she allegedly struck the vehicle of an Office of Mauna Kea Management (“OMKM”) ranger with her own car. The individual allegedly drove up to a ranger and two sheriffs on July 12, 2015 at 2:30 am and argued with them for not allowing her to ascend the mountain. She then advanced her car into the OMKM ranger’s vehicle, causing minor damage. No one was injured.”
UPDATE: According to a “Na’au News” video update distributed on Facebook by those standing vigil against the Thirty Meter Telescope on the mountain, the woman involved in this incident was not affiliated with their group. They say she was causing problems earlier on Saturday evening and was reportedly escorted off the mountain before returning in the early morning hours.