Woman Arrested for DUI in National Park

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (middle right), perched on the rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera, overlooks Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, where an active lava lake occupies a vent that opened in 2008 and continues to emit a volcanic gas plume today. INSET: HVO is located next to the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park museum named for the observatory’s founder, Thomas A. Jaggar. USGS photos.

A 46-year-old woman from Mountain View was arrested Friday night for driving under the influence of alcohol in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and refusing to provide a breath sample.

National Park Service rangers conducted patrols over the weekend to detect and deter DUI behavior and other vehicle safety issues.

“Park officials are very concerned about the safety of people utilizing the park,” said Chief Ranger John Broward. “Our rangers are proactive in preventing drinking and driving and will continue to conduct road safety checkpoints and increase patrols to deter DUI and other vehicle-related safety incidents,” he said.

Rangers have made three DUI-related arrests in 2017, and there has been one confirmed fatality due to drunk driving this year.

Her name is being withheld during the preliminary investigation.

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