Thursday, July 31, 2014

VIDEO: Police Chase Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Through Early Morning Traffic, Multiple Crashes, 1 Officer Injured

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Guam - A teenage boy driving what police say was a stolen pickup truck led officers on a chase up Marine Corps Drive just before the morning rush Wednesday.

Guam Police Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia told PNC News that the 16 year old is now in custody at DYA and that he faces underage drinking, as well as numerous other charges.

The chase resulted in several crashes, including one outside Kmart in Upper Tumon which injured one police officer and backed up traffic for more than an hour.

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GPD Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia says police got a call at 5:43am from a person who said he spotted his stolen pickup near the Reflections Center. Police picked up the chase at the Hagatna Precinct, following the vehicle down West O'Brian Drive to Route 1 in Anigua.

There the suspect turned north on Route 1. A patrol car tried to pull him over, but Balajadia says the driver "made several attempts to crash into the pursuing patrol car and other cars on the road."

The chase continued up Route 1 to the Kmart intersection where the suspect "squeezed between a sedan and tour bus, causing damage to both" says Officer Balajadia.

One of the pursuing GPD cars crashed into another vehicle at the Kmart intersection. The civilian police reserve officer driving the vehicle was treated and released from GMH. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The chase continued up Rt.1 to Adrian Sanchez Street where the suspect in the stolen vehicle crashed through a fence and drove up to the intersection of Route 1 and Route 3 where he was blocked in by several other vehicles. 

Officer Balajadia says GPD Officers had to pull the "non-compling" suspect out of the stolen car which was still running. One of the officers then had to  jump into the vehicle to stop it from moving forward and crashing into other cars. It was all over by 6am says Officer Balajadia.

A male minor either 16 or 17 years old, was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges.

READ the release from Officer Balajadia in FULL below: 


GUAM POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

HAGATNA, The Guam Police received a call from the victim of a stolen vehicle at around 5:34am this morning, stating he's following his stolen vehicle, Santa Papa by the Reflection Center.

Officers from the Hagatna Precinct Command attempted to pull the vehicle over around Rt.1 near Pigo Cemetery.  The operator made several attempts to crash into a pursuing patrol car and other cars on the road.

As the stolen vehicle and officers approached the intersection of Rt1 and Kmart, the operator of the stolen vehicle squeezed between a sedan and tour bus causing damage to the both of them.

One of the pursuing officers crashed into a vehicle, Rt1 and Kmart.  The civilian police reserve officer has been transported to GMH.  The operator of the vehicle that the officer crash with appeared uninjured. Guam Highway Patrol is on scene investigating.

The pursuit continued up Rt.1 and the operator of the stolen vehicle crashed through a fence, Rt1 Adrian Sanchez Street and continued up to the intersection of Rt1 and Rt3 where the operator of the stolen vehicle was blocked in by several vehicles.  The officers had to pull the noncompling operator from the motor vehicle which was still running.  One of the officers jumped into the vehicle to stop it from moving forward and crashing into other cars.

The 16 - 17 year old male minor has been taken into custody and will be charged for a variety of charges.

A J Balajadia
Guam Police Department Spokesperson

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