Driver of pick-up truck was under the influence of ‘ice’

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JUAN Delos Reyes Tydingco has outstanding arrest and bench warrants and was under the influence of methamphetamine when he tried to evade pursuing police vehicles after an attempt to pull him over to the side of the road for a traffic violation, police said in a complaint filed in Superior Court.

Escorted by a CNMI Marshal and a Corrections officer, Juan Delos Reyes Tydingco, right, exits the courtroom after a bail hearing, Thursday.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

Tydingco, 43, was the driver of the Toyota Tacoma that rammed into the Mihaville Estate concrete sign on Middle Road in Garapan on Wednesday afternoon after a police chase.

He then tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended by police officers.

Tydingco was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and for failing to stop after being involved in an accident.

He was also charged with resisting arrest and escape in connection with a probation violation in a previous conviction.

At the bail hearing on Thursday, Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo imposed a $10,000 cash bail on Tydingco for the traffic charges and $5,000 cash for the separate criminal case.

Assistant Public Defender Jean Nogues was appointed by the court to represent Tydingco while Assistant Attorney General Samantha Vickery appeared for the government.

The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Dept. of Corrections and was ordered to return to court on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing, and on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

According to the criminal complaint, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 2:24 p.m., police saw Tydingco’s truck traveling southbound in Chalan Laulau without a front license plate.

An officer activated his police vehicle’s lights and sirens in an attempt to initiate a violator stop, but Tydingco increased speed and turned right to Beach Road where he traveled between 60 miles per hour and 80 mph, passing other vehicles left to right, and even using shoulder lanes, police said.

While driving the truck in high speed, Tydingco also used the opposite lane in passing other vehicles and was at one point facing head-on a school bus traveling in the opposite direction, police added.

Police said Tydingco then made a right turn near Horiguchi Building then turned left to Middle Road traveling northbound when his truck collided with two vehicles at the traffic intersection near China Town.

Tydingco, however, did not stop but continued to travel north.

He attempted to make a right turn going to upper MIHA but lost control and collided with the concrete Mihaville Estate sign, disabling his truck.

Tydingco attempted to flee on foot into a nearby residence but was apprehended by police.

According to court documents, Tydingco confessed to three police investigators that he had “smoked a lot” of meth.

The Office of the Attorney General’s investigation unit, for its part, served Tydingco with an arrest and bench warrant.

The AG’s office stated that Tydingco on Oct. 11, 2019 resisted arrest and escaped police arrest during an attempt to serve him a $1,000 bench warrant for failing to appear for a revocation probation hearing on Aug. 12, 2019.

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