POLICE BRIEFS 9/6/12



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‘Brake checker’ arrested for DUI

Anchorage police said they arrested Darrel Gene Kummert, 64, of Peters Creek on Aug. 26 after a woman reported a possible road-rage incident. The woman said she pulled in behind Kummert’s vehicle on the Old Glenn Highway just before 7 p.m. and he started “brake-checking” her — stepping on the brakes unnecessarily, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The woman was concerned enough that she pulled off the highway at Fred Meyer to call police.

Officers located Kummert, who failed field-sobriety tests; his breath alcohol was more than three times the legal limit when tested. Kummert was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license suspended on ignition interlock device limitations. He was taken to Anchorage Jail without bail. 

Beware of stolen boat motors

Anchorage Police said Det. Sherry Price is investigating the theft and possible resale of more than 25 outboard engines between May and August in Anchorage and Eagle River.  Evidence in the case points to a small group of individuals who may be operating the theft ring and selling the stolen motors on Craigslist or other Web sites, police said.

Typically, a buyer responding to an ad is instructed to meet the seller in a public parking lot where the exchange is made. The motors are mainly smaller outboards known as “kickers” or auxiliary engines. Often they are sold with cut wiring, cut fuel lines or obliterated serial numbers — all indicators of being stolen. The ad inquiries have been answered by a male but when the meeting takes place, usually it is a woman who shows the outboard, claiming that her boyfriend couldn’t make it.

Det. Price is seeking information from anyone who may have responded to an ad for an outboard motor and had concerns about the legitimacy of the offer for sale during that time period. She can be reached at 786-8846.

It’s illegal in Alaska to tamper with or remove serial numbers or to possess items with serial numbers which have been tampered with or removed. Members of the public should never purchase an item with altered or removed serial numbers, but should contact police immediately if they are offered such items for purchase.

Yet another TV walks out of Walmart

Anchorage police got a call from the Eagle River Walmart that a woman left the store without paying for a television set on Aug. 24. The store has repeated several similar thefts over the summer. The TV was worth more than $300, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The woman was described as white with long blonde hair.

In an unrelated theft case at Walmart on Aug. 26, police said they responded to pick up video footage of a woman described as an Alaska Native in her 40s who put several clothing items in a Tupperware container and exited the store without paying, Lammers said.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Lenora Marie Kochutin, 28, of Anchorage after stopping her for speeding at 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 23 on the southbound Glenn Highway at South Birchwood. An officer smelled alcohol on Kochutin, she failed field sobriety tests and her breath-alcohol was nearly twice the legal limit when tested. She was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2,500 bail.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

James Henry Metzger III, 34, of Anchorage after being stopped for speeding around 5 a.m. on Aug. 26 at the North Eagle River overpass on the Glenn Highway. Metzger showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests; his breath alcohol level was over the legal limit when tested. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $250 bail.

Joe Charles Hammersley, 56, of Anchorage after being stopped for speeding on the northbound Glenn Highway at South Birchwood just after 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 27. The arresting officer saw Hammersley pull in front of another vehicle and slam on his brakes before he could get him to pull over, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer noticed signs of intoxication; Hammersley failed field-sobriety tests and his breath alcohol level was over twice the legal limit when tested. He was charged with felony DUI and driving while license revoked or suspended. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $20,000 bail.

 Wayne Lee Iyatunguk, 41, of Anchorage around 3:45 a.m. on Aug. 28 after an officer noticed his vehicle pulled over on the shoulder of the Glenn between Eagle River exits. Iyatunguk failed field-sobriety tests and his breath alcohol level was over the legal limit when tested. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $5,750 bail. Police said additional charges may be forthcoming because officers discovered what they believed to be drugs on Iyatunguk.

Andre A. Bissette, 26, of Wasilla after being stopped at 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 29 for speeding on the Glenn Highway on the Eklutna Flats. Bissette smelled of alcohol, the officer observed. He failed field-sobriety tests and his breath alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when tested. Bissette was also arrested for driving while license revoked or suspended and in violation of ignition interlock device restrictions. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2,500 bail.

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.

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