Alfred Berdon III is out of jail on bail. Thursday he was in court to answer a charge of violating probation for a 2007 conviction for a road range incident, in which Berdon punched another man in the face causing him to lose his eye. For that incident, Berdon was initially sentenced to a year in jail, to be served on weekends, and five years probation. He was in court for a DUI in 2011, which violated his five years of probation. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that although County Prosecutors asked for no bail, Judge Glen Hara set his bail for that violation at $20,000. Berdon has now posted bail and is no longer in jail.
Regarding last Monday night’s fatal crash in which Josefina B. Visaya, 61, and Patrocinia R. Cadang, 54, of Kea’au were killed, and five people were injured, Berdon was initially charged with 2 counts of negligent homicide, 4 counts of negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving while license suspended/revoked and no no fault insurance. The accident was a two-vehicle crash on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19), .2 miles east of the 39-mile-marker in the Hamakua District on Monday, September 10.
He was released for that incident because police and prosecutors can only keep him in jail for 48 hours before bringing formal charges and they say they need to do more investigation before being able to do that.
Berdon’s next scheduled appearance is on October 22 at 8:30 a.m., in Greg Nakamura’s court, on the probation violation charge.
Berdon has had multiple arrests for speeding. In August, 2012, he was convicted of the 2011 DUI and ordered to have an ignition interlock installed in his car. The device prevents the car from starting if the driver breathes into it and has alcohol on his breath. However, Berdon failed to show up for a September 4 review.