January 09, 2020, Tamuning, Guam- After trial, a jury found Carson Herman, a 28-year-old who collided with another car in Asan after drinking alcohol, guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol and improper storage of an open container.
The defendant was heading northbound in Asan when he swerved into the oncoming lane and struck another vehicle, injuring two victims. Police officers who responded to the scene found an empty beer can that was still cold to the touch and half a bottle of vodka.
The jury found Herman guilty of one count Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol with Injuries as Third Degree Felony, two counts of Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol with Injuries (BAC) as a Third Degree Felony, one count of Driving While Under the Influence as a Misdemeanor, one count of Driving While Under the Influence (BAC) as a Misdemeanor, Improper Storage of an Open Container as a Misdemeanor, and Open Container as a Misdemeanor.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 03, 2020, before Presiding Judge Lamorena and the defendant faces up to three years incarcerated at the Department of Corrections.
Prosecuting Attorney Sean Brown said, “It is a felony to get behind the wheel when you are impaired or under the influence of alcohol and hurt someone, even if the injuries are minor. The verdict in this case is a just outcome, especially for the victims who waited more than two years to see justice served.”