POLICE BRIEFS - 1/9/14
• Eagle River’s Adam Tooyak, 25, was charged with driving under the influence after passing out in the drive through at McDonald’s in Eagle River on Dec. 25, 2013, according to Anchorage Police. APD spokesperson Anita Shell said police responded at 2:41 a.m. to a call that a person was asleep in their car at the drive through. Tooyak provided a breath sample of .161, she said. The legal limit is .08. Tooyak was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $10,000 plus a court-approved third party custodian, Shell said.
• Eagle River’s Hannah Haeussler, 21, was charged with driving under the influence after police stopped her for making a wide turn near Chugiak High at 2:47 a.m. on Dec. 26, 2013. Haeussler provided a breath sample of .204, Shell said. She was taken to Anchorage Jail and released to her father following a bail hearing. Her vehicle was impounded, Shell said.
• Wasilla’s Sonny Cooper, 30, was charged with driving under the influence after police found him sleeping in his car, which was blocking the southbound lane of South Birchwood Loop near Chugiak High on Dec. 27, 2013. When police responded around 4:30 a.m., Shell said, Cooper’s vehicle was running but did not have its lights on. He provided a breath sample of .212, she said. Cooper was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $250.
• Anchorage’s Nicholas Zywot, 42, was charged with driving while license revoked, driving under the influence and providing false information after he crashed into the center median on the Glenn Highway between the Birchwood exits Dec. 27, 2013. Zywot initially told police, who responded at 6:13 p.m., that someone else had been driving and left following the crash, Shell said. She said Zywot’s girlfriend told police over the phone that he was the driver. Zywot provided a breath sample of .146, Shell said. He was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $5,000 plus a third-party custodian.
Shoplifters caught stealing BB guns from Walmart
Wasilla’s Timothy Wilson, 34, was taken to Anchorage Jail after he was caught attempting to steal a BB gun worth $55.97 from the Eagle River Walmart on Dec. 26, 2013. Wilson, who had an outstanding warrant, was charged with third-degree theft, Shell said. His bail was set at $1,250. Police responded to the call at 4:36 p.m.
• In a separate incident, Anchorage’s Justin Stuart, 27, also attempted to steal a BB gun — worth $27 — from Walmart. Police were called to the scene at 3:22 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2013, Shell said. Stuart was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $750.
Valley teens charged for underage drinking
Four Mat-Su Valley teenagers were charged with minor consuming alcohol after police were dispatched to the Eagle River McDonald’s for a report of an impaired driver at 4:10 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2013. The passengers — two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old — provided breath samples of .04, .072 and .126, Shell said. The driver, 17 provided a breath sample of .068, she said. The driver was also charged with minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol and careless driving, Shell said.
All four were released to their parents.
Stuck car leads to drug arrest
Anchorage’s Tareekus Cook, 37, was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and six-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after police responded to a call for a vehicle stuck in the snow at 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2013. Police found Cook walking away from his vehicle near the South Birchwood off ramp, Shell said. Cook was in possession of marijuana and cocaine, Shell said. He was taken to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $2,500.
Road rage incident leads to assault charges
Anchorage’s Michael Blankenship, 23, was charged with two counts of third-degree assault after threatening another vehicle’s occupants with a gun while traveling on the Glenn Highway near the Hiland Road exit on Dec. 29, 2013.
The victim was driving home from the airport, Shell said, when Blankenship passed him at a high rate of speed. The victim flashed his high beams at Blankenship, who then slowed down until he was beside the other vehicle, she said.
After the other driver gave Blankenship the middle finger, Shell said, Blankenship pulled out a gun. Police, who responded at 2:27 a.m., seized the gun and took Blankenship to Anchorage Jail. His bail was set at $2,500.
Fuel stolen from Chevron
A person pumped $80 worth of fuel and left without paying at the Eagle River Chevron the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2013. A man in a truck left a credit card with the clerk but never returned after fueling up, Shell said.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.