POLICE BRIEFS 11/20/11
‘I’m John Doe’
Anchorage police said they arrested a 22-year-old Anchorage man for two outstanding arrest warrants after he lied about his name during a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.
An officer northbound on the Glenn saw a Honda Accord quickly change lanes and speed up to 80 or 85 mph, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer stopped the car between the Birchwood exits.
The driver and one passenger gave proper ID, Lammers said. But Kurtis Daniel Kemp, sitting in front, “claimed to not have any identification and to not know his social security number. The passenger provided a false name to the officer and he was acting very nervous/suspicious,” Lammers wrote in a summary of the incident.
Kemp eventually provided his name after he was fingerprinted, she said. He was arrested on the two warrants and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,050 bail.
Here’s your bullet back, neighbor
Anchorage police said a bullet came through a shared wall after a serviceman accidentally discharged his weapon around 9:20 a.m. on Oct. 27 at his Eagle River home. No one was injured.
A 39-year-old resident of Ursa Minor Circle told police that her neighbor said his weapon went off while he was cleaning it, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. By the time officers arrived, Lammers said, the woman’s husband had already patched the hole in the wall and returned the bullet to the neighbor. The neighbor, who is in the military, notified his chain of command of the incident, Lammers said. No charges were filed.
‘Illegal’ arrested on fraud charges
A man stopped for snow covering his rear window ended up in jail with U.S. customs officials in the loop after it became clear he was in this country illegally, Anchorage police said. An officer stopped Rodolfo Llerenas-Coria, 39, of Eagle River just before 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 and found that Llerenas-Coria had expired ID and Florida operator’s licenses, as well as a Mexican passport and ID card, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. A criminal check revealed that the Florida license showed no information attached, Lammers said. Llerenas-Coria said he was in the U.S. illegally, she said. The officer contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Llerenas-Coria was arrested on third-degree forgery charges and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
Anchorage police said they arrested Scott Donald Kent, 19, of Eagle River for driving under the influence after responding to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running around 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 27. As officers approached the vehicle in the area of Crest View Lane and Eagle River Road, Kent put the vehicle in gear and started driving into oncoming traffic, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He turned onto Birch Road and was blocked by a patrol car at First Street, Lammers said. The arresting officer smelled alcohol on Kent, who subsequently failed field sobriety tests, she said. His estimated blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. Kent was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Another, unrelated DUI arrest also involved a degree of pursuit, police said. Officers responded to a report of a reckless driver on the northbound Glenn Highway at around 3:45 a.m. on Oct. 29. Witnesses described the driver speeding, nearly hitting signs and guardrails and having a hard time staying on the road, Lammers said. Officers caught up to driver Daniel Isaac Rhoads, 34, of Palmer between the Birchwood exits but he didn’t pull over even after one officer activated his emergency lights, she said. Another officer pulled alongside of the driver but Rhoads didn’t make eye contact. As the cars passed the south Peters Creek exit, Rhoads slowed down and pulled over, across the ramp and almost into the ditch. When stopped, he failed field sobriety tests and his estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, Lammers said. He was arrested for DUI, eluding and driving with a revoked, suspended or cancelled and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Other DUI arrests, according to police reports:
Brandon Christopher Dezarn, 21, of Chugiak at 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 29 on the northbound Glenn Highway after he was stopped for speeding and had an odor of alcohol on his breath. Dezarn’s estimated blood-alcohol level was just just below the legal limit, Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.
Gaileen Mardell Kern, 25, around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Duck Pond Car Wash on the Old Glenn Highway after an off-duty Alaska State Trooper reported an erratic driver. Kern “showed signs of intoxication” and her estimated blood-alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit, Lammers said. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.
Jason Michael Terito, 36, of Wasilla just before 3 a.m. on Oct. 30 on the outbound Glenn Highway north of the Knik River after he was stopped for speeding and swerving. Terito “showed signs of intoxication” and his estimated blood-alcohol level was just over the legal limit, Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 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.