It was only last week that we saw the shocking way the California Highway Patrol treated a DWI suspect who refused to submit to a blood test, piling on top of him and smothering him to death to obtain the blood sample.
Now we have a dashcam video that shows off-duty Pasadena Police Sergeant Michael Gligorijevic running away from a CHP officer investigating him for DUI, prompting a manhunt in the Southern California low desert in the dead of night – only to end up with a slap on the wrist.
The video from July 11, 2020 was obtained by Pasadena journalist James Farr after a 10-month investigation and shows the cop known to fellow officers as “Big G” trying to talk his way out of a field sobriety test, telling the CHP cop that nobody is driving and that nobody is going to submit to a field sobriety test.
California Highway Patrol officer Adam Annett initially encountered Gligorijevic standing next to a jeep on the side of the road. The jeep was running and another off-duty Pasadena cop, Lieutenant Sean Dawkins, and Gligorijevic’s underage daughter was there as well. Dawkins appeared to be pumping air into a tire.
Annett said he could smell the alcohol right away but when he asked Gligorijevic who was driving, the cop pointed to Dawkins. However, Dawkins immediately said he was not driving.
Gligorijevic then admits he is the owner of the jeep and hands over his drivers license with some business cards indicating he was a cop.
At one point, Annett asks Gligorijevic if he is carrying a gun and the Pasadena cop tells him he is carrying a gun. But when Annett tries to remove the gun from him, Gligorijevic tells him to back off.
“Stop bro, the guns right here dude. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. We’re not going to come close to doing this,” he tells the CHP cop.
Gligorijevic then tells him he is going to place the gun in his car and walks to the vehicle and places the gun in the passenger seat before walking back and telling Annett once again he is not going to submit to a field sobriety test.
Annett wrote in his report that he began to fear for his life but was evidently able to control that fear without pulling out his gun.
“At this point, Gligorijevic handling the firearm put me in a vulnerable position and made me uncomfortable.” Gligorijevic left the right door open, allowing access to the gun to both Passenger #1 and Passenger #2.”
At another point in the video, Gligorijevic is allowed to walk away from Annett and reach into the back of his jeep for a bottle of water which he starts drinking. He also begins claiming that the real driver of the car “left” the scene.
Eventually Gligorijevic walks away for a third time before running off into the darkness.
“I still have your ID, you get that, right,” Annett calls after him.
The video then shows a group of ten cops with flashlights searching for him in the low desert shrubbery on a winding road called San Francisquito Canyon Road but they never found him.
Annett wrote in the report that the search was called off after 20 minutes and that his request to call in a helicopter or police dogs was denied.
Gligorijevic ended up pleading guilty to Penal Code 148 in December 2020 which is California’s version of resisting arrest or obstructing justice. He was allowed to enter into a diversion program where his record was wiped clean as long as he did not get in any trouble over the following six months, according to L.A. Progressive.
The 17-year veteran remains employed as a sergeant with the Pasadena Police Department where he made more than $300,000 in 2020.
The initial dashcam video posted by Farr on Conversation.Live is almost ten minutes long and captures mostly audio because it is dark and the faces of the individuals are blurred. Several times throughout the video the conversation between the cops is drowned out by dispatcher’s voice blaring inside Annett’s car. And some of the edits appear choppy.
Farr first broke the story in December 2021 on Pasadena Black Pages after receiving a highly redacted supplemental report written by Annett which was dated July 30, 2020, almost three weeks after he supposedly filed the original report on July 11, 2020.
“The question is, where is the original report?,” Farr asked in his original article.
Thanks to his persistence, that report can be read in his followup article from last week which can be read here.