San Nicolas vows to fight DUI citation


Former Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board member Eric Henry Cruz San Nicolas vows to fight in court his citation for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

San Nicolas gave the statement yesterday as he filed his candidacy as an independent candidate for a Tinian Senate seat.

San Nicolas was among the four Tinian independent candidates who trooped to the Commonwealth Election Commission in Susupe yesterday morning to submit their petitions for nomination for Senate and House of Representatives seats.

When asked for comments about his arrest for DUI on Saipan last Saturday, San Nicolas said like any other case he is innocent until proven guilty.

“Believe me, I’m ready,” he said, stressing that he will fight the DUI citation in court because he was not under the influence.

On the theft call, he said the woman who filed the complaint informed the Department of Public Safety that she has no intention of filing anything.

San Nicolas said DPS, however, informed the woman that no matter what she says, if she does not want to, they will file the complaint.

“It is interesting that by the time I got out, everybody knew about it. But I am going to fight it,” he said.

DPS spokesperson Jacqueline Rae had stated that a woman called DPS last Saturday about a theft incident, but when officers arrived at the scene, San Nicolas was not there.

Rae said San Nicolas returned a short time later and returned the items to the woman.

Rae said police officers, however, cited San Nicolas with DUI at that time.

The DPS spokesperson said the incident happened in Koblerville at 1:23am.

As for his candidacy, San Nicolas said the people of Tinian can look at the state of the island’s economy for the last 20 years and are aware that they have not progressed.

“There is no economy that is coming out right now. A lot of challenges, a lot of misuse of public funds have been going on for years,” he said.

San Nicolas said that voters now have an option to elect candidates who can fight for them.

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

Related Posts

Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.