Driver who struck Mayor Savares and her party last week arrested


Police have arrested 34-year-old Samuel Duenas Griffin Jr. for the auto-pedestrian incident involving Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares and her party last week Thursday.

Savares and her party were struck while on a sidewalk in front of Benavente Middle School.

Griffin was charged with vehicular negligence as a third-degree felony, driving while impaired as a misdemeanor, and possession of an opened container in a motor vehicle as a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, Griffin said that he tried methamphetamine for the first time the night before…and started consuming two beers at 9 o’clock that morning.

Griffin said that he drove to get food for his family when he started feeling sharp pains in his chest.

He said he toppled over and woke up at GRMC.

Griffin is being held at DOC.