Guam police officer Dennis A.Q. Santos will spend six days in jail after admitting to “driving while impaired” as a misdemeanor.
His six-day prison sentence is three times longer than that of a typical first-time offender, according to a release from the Guam Attorney General’s Office.
Officer Santos was driving a government vehicle on July 4, 2018, when he crashed into another vehicle on Marine Corps Drive in front of the Kmart in Upper Tumon. A family of five was inside the car, and some of the family members were treated for minor injuries.
“The defendant is a long-time law enforcement officer and knows better than to drink and drive,” said Assistant Attorney General Sean Brown in the AG’s release. “He is fortunate no one was seriously injured, but he placed the family in danger and left them without a vehicle.”
During Tuesday’s court hearing, the husband and father who was driving the car struck by Officer Santos said he was “eager for the plea negotiations to move forward” and he told the court that he and his family sought restitution only and they were not seeking compensation for property damages or the injuries.
Under the plea agreement, Santos is also required to pay over $12,000 to the victims for property damages and a $1,000 court fee.
His driver’s license was suspended for six months and after a mandated assessment, he will be subject to treatment.
He must also serve 150 community service hours, double the normal requirement for a first-time offender.