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Rep. JP Sablan pleads not guilty in DUI/reckless driving case

RE-ELECTED Precinct 2 Rep. John Paul Sablan, who was charged with six traffic violations, on Thursday pled not guilty before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho.

John Paul Palacios Sablan

Sablan was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and refusing to submit to breathalyzer test, among others.

The incoming House floor leader, who appeared in court with his lawyer Vince Torres, waived the reading of the traffic citations and his constitutional rights.

Upon Torres’ request, the judge set a status conference for Feb. 28, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

 Torres declined to comment on the case.

 Sablan was initially scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8, 2018, but it was rescheduled because of the post-typhoon recovery efforts.

According to the Department of Public Safety officer’s traffic report, Sablan was involved in an auto accident on Beach Road, hitting a pathway lamp on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at 2:35 am.

 Cited for DUI, Sablan was brought to the Department of Corrections for booking and detention. He was released at 6:30 a.m.

 The 38-year-old lawmaker 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): Accidents (hitting a lamp post); § 7106 (c): Implied Consent of Operator to Submit to Test.

 Sablan’s driver license could be revoked for his refusal to submit to a breathalyzer. Reckless driving and DUI are punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.