Not even a 98% ownership stake on a Hawaii island can get you out of getting ticketed for driving without a license.

The Oracle co-founder, according to the Hawaii news outlet, was driving his orange Chevrolet Corvette one October evening when he was stopped by a police officer. The interaction was filmed by the officer’s body camera.

“The reason I stopped you is you ran through the stop sign and you were kind of speeding there,” the officer said, according to Hawaii News Now. Ellison explained that he “was trying to get home for dinner with my kids,” but apologized. (His kids, David and Megan, are both big-time Hollywood producers; the latter founded the indie production company Annapurna.)

He also allegedly did not have his driver’s license on hand when the officer asked for documentation. Ellison was ticketed, but it is unclear what fine or penalty he received as a result of the alleged traffic violations. (A representative for Maui police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Ellison hasn’t quite earned the good will of his neighbors and the lawmakers who reside on the island. His company, Lanai Resorts, gated public access to the island’s only swimmable beach last year — violating Hawaii law in the process and eliciting a warning from Maui County. 

“Some communities, as we all know, have let the elite just, you know, run wild,” Maui County Councilman Gabe Johnson, who lives on the island, told Hawaii News Now. (He also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.)

SFGATE Hawaii contributing editor Christine Hitt contributed to this report.


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