Man pleads not guilty to 6 traffic, criminal violations


A man pleaded not guilty to all six traffic and criminal violations charges against him last Monday, including allegedly causing a stolen vehicle to catch fire.

Alii Jima Ichihara, 20, pleaded not guilty to the charges of theft of a vehicle, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, no operator’s license, reckless driving, and criminal mischief.

Ichihara was brought before the court last March 18 for an arraignment hearing.

During the hearing, Ichihara entered his not guilty plea before Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Naraja.

Naraja scheduled a case management conference for Ichihara on April 13, 2019, before Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo.

According to court information, Ichihara was issued a penal summons for multiple crimes he allegedly committed back on Feb. 5, 2019, when he allegedly stole the vehicle of Ashley Marie Taisacan without her consent.

Ichihara was allegedly caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.1-percent or more while under the age of 21.

Ichihara was also allegedly speeding, caught operating the stolen vehicle without a license, and was operating the stolen vehicle with disregard for the safety of people and surrounding property.

Lastly, Ichihara, on the same day, allegedly wrecked the vehicle and caused it to catch fire and, in the process, completely destroying it. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at
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