By Rick Daysog
Advertiser Staff Writer
Retired car dealer Jimmy Pflueger, who was indicted last week in connection with the deadly collapse of the Kaloko Dam in 2006, surrendered to authorities this morning. TV star Duane Chapman, aka “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and a longtime friend of Pflueger, came with him to Halawa State Prison and posted the bail of $71,000.
Pflueger was booked and processed at the prison receiving desk, said Louise Kim McCoy, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety. He was freed after posting the bond. Pflueger, 82, was indicted by a Kaua’i grand jury on seven counts of manslaughter and one count reckless endangering for the March 14, 2006, tragedy that killed seven people on Kaua’i. Pflueger’s attorney, Bill McCorriston, said last week that Pflueger plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
Pflueger has previously denied that he altered the dam or its structure. Pflueger was accompanied by Chapman, attorney David Minkin and representatives of the state Attorney General’s Office this morning. For more than two years, the Attorney General’s Office has been investigating allegations that Pflueger or others tampered with the dam, contributing to its collapse