27 Nov 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has ordered Rep. John Paul Sablan to appear in court for a hearing on Dec. 13, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Sablan, the chairman of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, was cited for six traffic violations including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test.
He was initially scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8, 2018, but due to the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu and the continued closure of the judicial building, Judge Naraja had to reschedule the hearing.
According to the traffic report filed by the Department of Public Safety responding officer, Sablan was involved in an auto accident on Beach Road, hitting a pathway lamp on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at 2:35 a.m.
The Precinct 2 House member was cited for DUI and brought to the Department of Corrections for booking and detention. He was released at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sablan, 38, was cited for §4101 (b): vehicle lights violations; 5301(c): driving illegally on the wrong side of the road; § 7104 (a): reckless driving; § 7105 (a) (2): driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; § 6101 (a): accident (hitting a lamp post); and § 7106 (c): implied consent of operator to submit to test.
Sablan’s driver license could be revoked for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test. The charges of reckless driving and DUI are punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Sablan, who was re-elected recently, said in a previous statement that he could not speak about the factual information of the case but added that he “respects the legal process.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109094-rep-jp-sablan-to-appear-in-court-on-dec-13