Fleeing the scene of a car accident is illegal. But is fleeing the scene of an act of self defense illegal?
Is failing to report an act of self defense action illegal?
Then if you were never notified, is not turning yourself in illegal? I mean there would be a warrant out, but you were never notified.
These are not rhetorical questions, but serious ones. Would the 5th apply to the first 2?
Also: "I stopped my car and got out to talk to the other guy, then he started to attack me".
HPD"s SOP is to arrest. And if no charges are brought, then you are released 2 days later pending investigation. So since he was off island and they couldn't find him, there is no SOP to arrest him.
And if none of the above are illegal, then maybe this guy is on to something.
If the witnesses swore to the investigating Cops that the stabber instigated the road rage incident, then attacked unprovoked, that's a crime.
Since the cars were involved in a collision, it's a crime to flee the scene.
So, there are at least 2 alleged crimes involved. If he fled the state in order to avoid the Cops, that could be construed as obstruction -- a 3rd crime.
As for avoiding the charges, he may have had a really good story and no admissible evidence to refute his version of the events -- or the evidence corroborated his story because it was true.
He could have handled the post-stabbing better, but if the stabbing itself was justified (drunk 300 lb 6'8" road-raging man), then the aftermath could be explained away as PTSD-related or shock. Not everyone is thinking clearly when they experience something like that.
Why did he leave the scene AND the state? Maybe he believed the big man survived and would come after him? Maybe his family would come after him? Retaliation for stabbing someone isn't a stretch.