Smiling drunk driver in dangerous Commonwealth Avenue chase explained escape attempt

Image capture from ABS-CBN's video
  • SUV driver told authorities why he tried to run away from police in Commonwealth Avenue
  • QCPD commander said man claimed he had been traumatized due to an ambush in 2015
  • Police eyeing cancellation of driver’s license, other charges against him

MANILA, Philippines – It was trauma.

According to Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6 chief Supt. Rossel Cejas, Niño San Gabriel — the driver of the SUV who rammed several vehicles in Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday evening — said he only wanted to escape as he feared he was being ambushed again.

“Meron siyang trauma sa mga ganung insidente, ‘yung may humarang sa kanyang sasakyan. ‘Yun ang kanyang defense kaya niya sinabing tumakas siya kagabi,” he told ABS-CBN.

[He developed trauma over that kind of incident, particularly where his vehicle was blocked. That was his defense and reason why he tried to escape last night.]

A report by the Philippine Star showed San Gabriel and his engineer-friend Jezyriel Beturin being waylaid and ambushed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bocaue, Bulacan in 2015.

While San Gabriel survived despite being critically wounded, his companion did not.

Nevertheless, police said they are preparing a slew of charges against him — including reckless imprudence resulting to multiple damage to property and resistance and disobedience to persons in authority.

Authorities will also recommend the cancellation of San Gabriel’s driver’s license, and are still investigating whether he discharged his firearm.

“Based on the testimony of our responding police officers, may narinig silang putok [they heard gunfire] from the vehicle. It will be subjected talaga sa [really to] further investigation. We have to rely dun sa [on the] paraffin test result,” Cejas.

San Gabriel, who was smiling while being a******d, admitted he was drunk but denied using illegal substances.