The Maui News reports that state Rep. Kaniela Ing was arrested Tuesday on Maui for failing to appear in court.

Police say the Democrat who represents Kihei, Wailea and Makena failed to show up for a court date in Wailuku regarding a car insurance violation.

Ing issued a statement Wednesday afternoon: “I am sorry for missing the notice and court date while on Oahu for work. I will accept full responsibility for whatever outcome transpires, and apologize to my constituents for any embarrassment I have caused them. This was a stupid mistake, it was a human mistake, and a lesson has been learned.”

Rep. Kaniela Ing speaking at the state House.

Rep. Kaniela Ing speaking at the state House.

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Ing added this:

“I was cited in January for failure to produce proof of insurance for a vehicle, which I had recently canceled due to my car needing repairs. I was ticketed while trying to fix my car outside of my home in Kihei. I planned on disputing charges.

“A notice for me to appear in court for the infraction was sent in the mail, but I did not see it due to session on Oahu, only checking my Maui box on my weekends home, and receiving a high volume of mail. Yesterday, I was served with a bench warrant for not appearing at a hearing for the proof of insurance violation. I resolved the matter and apologize for allowing a failure to present insurance to become more of an issue than it should have been. I commend the Maui Police Department and court officers for their professional handling of yesterday’s events.

Ing, who posted $250 in bail, is in a tough Democratic primary battle with Deidre Tegarden for the South Maui seat in the state House of Representatives.

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