WAILUKU - A judge has increased bail to $100,000 for a man who was arrested on suspicion of habitually driving under the influence of alcohol last month, while he had been released in two pending similar cases.
In ordering the increase Aug. 6, 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza noted that Jamie Karagianes had been charged with felony habitual DUI in three recent arrests.
Bail had been set at $25,000 for Karagianes, 31, of Kula for a Dec. 29 arrest. In addition to habitual DUI, he was charged with reckless driving and inattention to driving in that case.
That arrest followed one Dec. 13, when Karagianes was charged with habitual DUI and reckless driving, with his bail also set at $25,000.
Karagianes had posted bail in both cases when he was arrested July 14 and again charged with habitual DUI, as well as driving while his license was suspended or revoked, refusing to submit to testing, not having motor vehicle insurance and inattention to driving.
Called to Kula Highway and Calasa Road at 8:30 that night, Kula firefighter Wade Orikasa said he saw Karagianes standing next to a BMW sedan that had overturned. Orikasa, testifying in court Aug. 6, said the car was still running, so he turned it off and removed the key.
The firefighter said Karagianes said he had been alone in the car and wasn't injured.
Based on the arrest, Deputy Prosecutor Jerrie Sheppard asked the judge to revoke Karagianes' bail.
"The state feels this defendant is an extreme risk to the community," Sheppard said.
She said Karagianes had been ordered not to operate a motor vehicle as a requirement of his release on bail in connection with his Dec. 13 arrest.
Defense attorney Sam MacRoberts said that under the law, no-bail status would be inappropriate for the type of charges against Karagianes.
The habitual DUI charge, which can be brought when someone is arrested for DUI after having three prior DUI convictions within 10 years, is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
MacRoberts also said that Karagianes initially hadn't been ordered not to drive in the Dec. 29 case that was before Judge Cardoza, although the order was imposed in the case after his July 14 arrest.
Cardoza said he didn't think he could revoke Karagianes' bail in the case under the law. But the judge said he could consider and review bail, taking into consideration Karagianes' three pending cases.
"In light of the fact that he now has three of these cases pending, bail in the amount of $25,000 is too low," Cardoza said.
With the increase, Karagianes' bail totals $225,000 in all three cases. He has been incarcerated at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
According to court records, Karagianes has prior DUI convictions in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
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