GPD: Patrol Car Knocked Out of Service After Being Hit by Man Accused of Drunk Driving

Guam - Guam police have arrested a 24 year old man on a drunk driving charge after the car he was driving ran into a GPD patrol car in Dededo Saturday afternoon.

The police officer, who was standing outside his vehicle directing traffic, was not hurt. But the patrol car suffered damage that will require repairs and it has been removed from service, says Acting GPD Spokesman Officer Paul Tapao.

It happened about 2:10pm, says Officer Tapao, when a white Toyota Corolla was traveling in the inner westbound lane of  Marine Corps Drive when it collided with the patrol car at the intersection of Route 1 and Igelesia Circle in Dededo.

A Dededo Precinct Patrol officer was standing outside his vehicle, actively directing traffic at that intersection and is patrol car "was positioned within the intersection," reports Officer Tapao. "The officer's patrol vehicle had active blue lights on," he reports.

24 year old Joe-Rae Kinisou of Chuuck was booked and confined for DUI, Failure to yield and No Valid Drivers License.

Officers from the Highway Patrol Division were activated to conduct an official crash investigation.

READ the release from Officer Tapao below:

Saturday 05/04/2013, 2:10 p.m.:  An officer assigned to the Dededo Precinct Command was conducting active traffic direction on Route 1 and Igelesia Circle Dededo.  The officer's patrol vehicle had active blue lights on and was positioned within the intersection.

When a vehicle, described as a white Toyota Corolla traveling on the inner westbound lane of Route 1 Marine Corps Drive, Dededo collided with the patrol cruiser.

Officers from the Highway Patrol Division were activated to conduct an official crash investigation.

Through the investigation, it was later determined that the operator, later identified to be;
had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath as he spoke and a slurred speech.  Officers later administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Test to JOE-RAE KINISOU where he later failed. Mr. Kinisou was later placed under arrest for the following offenses;

Mr. Kinisou was later booked and CONFINED.

-The police officer involved in the crash was not hurt, however the patrol cruiser sustained damages that required the patrol cruiser to be grounded.

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