Police Say Firefighter Was Driving Under the Influence When He Struck Teenager


Lt. Chris Rayphand is assigned to the Dededo Fire Station. He was booked and confined.

Guam – A firefighter assigned to the Dededo Fire Station was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he allegedly struck a teenager while driving drunk. 

Lt. Christopher Rayphand was charged in Superior Court with felony DUI with injuries and other DUI charges.

Guam Fire Department Spokesperson Kevin Reilly says the accident happened around 10:42 pm on Route 16 westbound, near the Shell gas station.

The victim, a 16-year-old female, was taken to the Guam Regional Medical City with serious injuries, but because she is a minor, GRMC Spokesperson Kevin Kerrigan said he couldn’t not disclose her condition without parental consent. Guam Police Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, however, said the girl is in the ICU.

A magistrate complaint says that two witnesses who were driving behind Lt. Rayphand observed him swerve to the left moments before he stopped in the median lane where they saw the victim on the ground. Lt. Rayphand was driving a 2003 Dodge Dakota at the time.

Police say he failed a field sobriety test and admitted that he had consumed some alcohol.