Police: Kauaʻi Councilman Arrested After Attempting To Flee During Traffic Stop

Oct 30, 2019

Updated: Oct. 31, 5:40 p.m.

Kauaʻi Council member Arthur Brun was released on bail following his arrest Tuesday when police said he tried to flee during a traffic stop. Council Chair Arryl Kaneshiro says the council is awaiting more information about the arrest.

Brun, 47, of Waimea did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

A county spokeswoman said by email Wednesday that the councilman had been released on $10,000 bail. He will be formally charged at his arraignment, Dec. 11, 8 a.m., in Kaua'i district court.

Police said in a news release that Brun was arrested for resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle in the first-degree and assault against a law enforcement officer in the first-degree. Both are class C felonies.

They said, according to a preliminary investigation, officers stopped a silver Honda in front of the Lihue Post Office. Officers approached the driver when the driver fled with the car, hitting the officer. The officerʻs injuries were non-life threatening, police said.

Police followed the fleeing vehicle to Kauaʻi Beach Drive, where they stopped and arrested the driver. 

Police took Brun to Wilcox Hospital for a medical evaluation, they said, then transported him to the police cellblock where he remained as of Tuesday night pending bail.

According to the Kauaʻi council chair, any action to remove Brun from his seat as a council member would need to follow a process detailed in the County Charter. Among other provisions, the charter states a council member "convicted of a felony shall immediately forfeit his office."

Brun is chair of the councilʻs Parks & Recreation/Transportation Committee.