POLICE BRIEFS: Sleeping drivers woken up, taken to jail
Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system, with details about individual events provided by the department’s Community Relations Unit. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
On Aug. 15 at around 4 a.m., an APD officer spotted a vehicle parked in the AIH parking lot on the Old Glenn Highway with its lights and turn signal on and an alleged passed-out driver behind the wheel. The officer arrested the driver, David A. Mullins, 39, of Eagle River for operating under the influence.
On Aug. 16 at around 1:15 a.m., an officer driving through the Parkview Terrace neighborhood heard loud music coming from a vehicle parked in a driveway. Police said officers approached the truck and saw a man asleep in the driver’s seat with an open beer bottle in his lap.
Officers woke the man, who was allegedly uncooperative, refusing to answer their questions or unlock the doors. The officers broke one of the vehicle windows to get into the vehicle and took Christopher D. Beck, 52, of Eagle River, into custody for resisting arrest and operating under the influence.
On Aug. 20 at around 2:38 a.m., an APD officer spotted a tan Chevy Impala in Mirror Lake Park after hours. According to police, the officer could see two open beer cans inside the vehicle. As the officer was waiting for backup, he allegedly watched a woman get into the vehicle and drive away. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Roxann C. Baker, 40, of Anchorage, for operating under the influence.
On Aug. 16 at around 7 p.m., a pickup truck was stolen from a trailer court on the Old Glenn Highway where the owner was doing some work. The truck was found in Wasilla later that day.
On Aug. 17 at around 3:30 p.m., police were called for a report that two juveniles stole a fire extinguisher from the Eagle River Bowl and sprayed it in a nearby porta-potty. Officers were able to locate two boys on bicycles, but while the officers were contacting the boys’ parents, the duo ran off. Parents of both boys arrived at the scene of the crime and told police the bikes did not belong to the boys (though they had not been reported stolen). The two juveniles were charged with criminal mischief, fourth-degree theft and resisting arrest. The bikes were taken into custody for safekeeping.
On Aug. 16, a woman told police that at around 6 a.m., she noticed her Chevy pickup had been stolen overnight. At around 10:48 a.m., the woman spotted the vehicle parked alongside the Glenn Highway near the Eklutna Flats. Police responded and returned the Chevy to its rightful owner.
On Aug. 19 at around 3 a.m., an APD officer spotted four trucks parked next to the VFW parking lot that had their driver’s side windows broken out, including one that had its emergency lights and alarm activated. The officer was able to located the owner of two of the vehicles, and it did not appear anything was taken. When other officers arrived at the scene to look for suspects, they found “a suspicious occupied vehicle” also in the parking lot. Officers contacted with the driver, Jeremy M. Schenck, 35, of Eagle River, and allegedly found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin. He was charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance.
On Aug. 20 at around 3:13 a.m., police received a report that Benjamin A. Frenzel, 19, of Eagle River, had allegedly been in a loud verbal fight with his girlfriend and when his father tried to intervene Frenzel shoved him into a vehicle multiple times. Frenzel left the area before police could arrive and a warrant was issued for his arrest on assault charges. As of Tuesday, Aug. 22, Frenzel was still wanted by police.
On Aug. 20 at around 6:14 p.m., police said a man on Oak Knoll Drive looked out his window and saw some kids trying to walk off with his Suzuki motorbike. The man went outside and the suspects ran off, leaving the bike behind.
Anchorage Police Department blotter items for Tuesday, Aug. 15 through Monday, Aug. 21:
Tuesday, Aug. 15
4:06 a.m. — DUI — Old Glenn
9:47 a.m. — Traffic violations — N. Eagle River
10:27 a.m. — Traffic violations — Breckenridge
10:39 a.m. — Traffic violations — Crested Butte
12:40 p.m. — Traffic violations — End Street
12:50 p.m. — Traffic violations — Business Blvd.
1 p.m. — Traffic collision — E. Eagle River Loop
Wed., Aug. 16
1:15 a.m. — Resisting arrest — W. Parkview Ter.
8:54 a.m. — Traffic violations — N. Eagle River
11:56 a.m. — Traffic collision — Hanson Drive
2:51 p.m. — Warrant — Cloverleaf/Old Glenn
7 p.m. — Stolen vehicle — Old Glenn
Thursday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. — Theft — Werre Street
3:34 p.m. — Vandalism — Business Boulevard
Friday, Aug. 18
6:07 p.m. — Traffic collision — Old Glenn
6:17 p.m. — Misuse of plates — Malaspina Street
10 p.m. — Stolen vehicle — Baronoff Avenue
11:48 p.m. — Traffic collision — E. ER Loop
Saturday, Aug. 19
3:17 a.m. — Drugs
6 a.m. — Stolen property — Baronoff Road
11:47 a.m. — Theft — Dawn Street
1:26 p.m. — Traffic collision — Artillery Road
10:32 p.m. — Traffic collision — Lake Hill Drive
Sunday, Aug. 20
2:38 a.m. — DUI — Old Glenn
3:13 a.m. — Assault — Corrie Way
6:14 p.m. — Stolen vehicle — Oak Knoll Drive
7:30 p.m. — Stolen vehicle — White Spruce
7:45 p.m. — Vehicle tampering — Heritage Court
9:09 p.m. — Disturbance — Coronado Road
Monday, Aug. 21
8:34 a.m. — Traffic collision — Lee Street
9:10 a.m. — Vehicle tampering — Old Glenn
11:24 a.m. — Traffic collision — Voyles
11:37 a.m. — Traffic collision — Stoltze Street
Tuesday, Aug. 22
1:51 a.m. — Misuse of plates — Hanson Drive