Man get 42 months in prison for kicking cop, DUI


A habitual offender was slapped Monday with three years and six months’ imprisonment for kicking a police officer who tried to arrest him and for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Peter John Aldan Blas, 29, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, assault and battery, disturbing the peace, and DUI and was sentenced to the maximum of three years and six months, with the first 18 months to be served without the possibility of parole, probation, and work release. He was given credit for time served. After his prison term, Blas will be placed on supervised probation for three years. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $25 in court cost, and probation fee of $120 per year.

Blas was also ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. His driver’s license was suspended for 30 days. He is barred from drinking alcohol or using controlled substances. He will be subjected to random drug testing during his probation.

As part of the plea deal, all other charges against Blas were dropped.

According to the police, Blas kicked the legs of a Department of Public Safety police officer and pulled his arms away when the officer tried to arrest him on Nov. 20, 2019. Blas also repeatedly shouted profanities and challenged the police officer to a fight.

In the DUI case, Blas was found with a Blood Alcohol Concentration over the legal limit of 0.08 as measured by breath test on Aug. 18, 2018.

Assistant public defender Karie Comstock served as counsel for Blas. Assistant attorney general Samantha Vickery appeared for the government through video at the hearing at the Supreme Court courtroom.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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