By Troy Torres
(Tumon, Guam) Jathan Tedtaotao, 23, tried to flee from the police yesterday and ran the car he was driving into someone’s house. The chase began, when Mr. Tedtaotao crossed the center lane and into oncoming traffic. Officers attempted to pull him over, when he fled. After ramming the house, Mr. Tedtaotao got out of the car and fled on foot. The police officers ran faster than he did.
He told the police he has never possessed a driver’s license. He also did not have insurance; no insurance policy for the car he was driving has been active since 2017.
This isn’t the first time Mr. Tedtaotao has caused injuries on the road. On July 27, 2019, police responded to a two-car collision in Tamuning. According to a witness, Mr. Tedtaotao disobeyed a stop light and the car he was driving collided with another car. Mr. Tedtaotao’s passengers, two females, could not be interviewed because of the extent of their injuries. They were transported to Guam Regional Medical City. He fled the scene of the crime. That vehicle also did not have insurance.
Prosecutor Jeremy Kemper, in his declaration of probable cause, accuses Mr. Tedtaotao of two counts of leaving the scene of an accident as third degree felonies, one count of eluding a police officer as a misdemeanor, and two counts of driving with no vehicular insurance as violations.
Mr. Tedtaotao previously was implicated in the February 6, 2014 armed robbery of the Bank of Guam in Yigo, and the February 13, 2014 burglary of a Barrigada home. He initially confessed to the bank heist, then told Judge James Canto during his trial that he lied about robbing the bank.