Cop to serve six days in prison for drunk driving

Guam Police Department officer Dennis A.Q. Santos leaves the Superior Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Nick Delgado/ The Guam Daily Post 

Guam police officer Dennis A.Q. Santos took a deep breath as he walked out of Superior Court of Guam Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena's courtroom late Tuesday afternoon.

He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired as a misdemeanor.

Santos, 53, was sentenced to one year in prison with all but six days suspended. This is a correction to a Guam Daily Post report that stated Santos would not have to serve any time in prison.

Santos will have to work out the arrangements with the court to determine when he would serve his six days at the Department of Corrections.

He declined to comment following the hearing.

The court also suspended his driver's license for six months. However, Lamorena told him he would be allowed to drive for work.

"You will report once a month to probation. You cannot drink any alcohol or do illegal drugs," Lamorena said, adding that Santos must allow probation officers to search his personal vehicle for alcohol or drugs and submit to random alcohol or drug testing. "You cannot be seen in any bars or lounges that sell alcohol."

2018 crash

Santos, who was off-duty that night, had a blood-alcohol level that was three times the legal limit when he ran a red light and crashed into a vehicle turning from Kmart onto Marine Corps Drive.

Gary Hawkins attended Tuesday's hearing. His wife and three children were in the car that was struck by an unmarked official GPD vehicle being driven by Santos. The youngest of Hawkins' children was 4 years old at the time. His family was treated for their injuries.

"I just want to put all of this behind me. I want to move forward and hope something like this doesn't happen to anybody else," Hawkins said. "I am thankful I have my wife and kids. That's the positive side of it."

Santos was ordered to pay $12,153 to the victims.

He must also perform 150 hours of community service.

Following the crash, Santos was placed on administrative leave with pay and then took sick leave for his injuries.

GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said details of the disciplinary action taken against Santos cannot be disclosed because it is a personnel issue.

Santos is scheduled back in court on April 30.


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