A man who led police on a chase through Dededo last week Monday admits he used meth beforehand.
Jeromy John Pangelinan, 22, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault as a second-degree felony, two counts of aggravated assault as a third-degree felony, and two counts of assault on a peace officer as a third-degree felony. Each charge includes a special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. He is also charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance as a third-degree felony, and eluding a police officer as a misdemeanor.
He is being held at the Department of Corrections on $10,000 cash bail.
Unsafe lane change triggers chase
According to court documents, police attempted to pull over the suspect who allegedly made an unsafe lane change along Routes 1 and 16 in Dededo.
He led police on a chase further north, running red lights and forcing other cars to swerve out of the way.
The chase ended in the Okkodo pipeline area where the suspect reversed and hit the officer’s patrol vehicle, documents state.
Pangelinan then allegedly started to drive his car toward the two responding police officers before they opened fire. Authorities shot at the suspect to get him to stop, court documents state.
Pangelinan was taken to the Guam Regional Medical City after he suffered a gunshot wound, the documents say.
Officers found a knife on the suspect.
During a search of his car, authorities also found baggies containing meth.
Pangelinan was treated and released from the hospital on Monday.
Pangelinan told police he used meth and was not in the right state of mind.
No word yet on whether officers followed GPD policy
He admitted that he fled police because he wanted to go home, court documents state. The suspect also admitted, according to court documents filed by the prosecution, that he drove toward the officers in an attempt to escape.
Pangelinan recalled hearing the gunshots and stopped after he felt that he had been hit.
He also told investigators that he does not blame the officers for doing their job and said, “They wouldn’t have had to shoot if I just stopped my car. I have no grudges against them. I just want to apologize to them in person.”
The Guam Police Department has not yet released the details of its internal affairs investigation, which the Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio said would determine if the officers followed GPD policies and procedures when they discharged their firearms.