POLICE BRIEFS 12/22/11
Post-party drive ends with a bang
A trip home from a Christmas party got painful in more ways than one for a 26-year-old Eagle River resident, Anchorage police said. Shawn McKenna accidentally shot himself in the leg as he and his girlfriend drove home on the Glenn Highway in the early morning hours of Dec. 13, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.
The girlfriend called police from a residence on Heritage Court, and when officers arrived they found McKenna conscious and breathing, with a “moderate” gunshot wound to the back side of his left upper leg, according to a police report. McKenna was transported to Alaska Native Medical Center. Once cleared, he was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. He also had an outstanding $1,000 arrest warrant.
McKenna told the responding officer that he had been drinking at the party, and the officer could smell alcohol on his breath and noted other signs of intoxication, according to the report. His estimated breath-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, it said.
McKenna was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. Police seized the pistol involved in the shooting.
Anchorage police said they arrested Dana Burdick, 43, of Eagle River for driving under the influence just before 3 a.m. on Dec. 10 after officers stopped her for “inability to maintain control of her vehicle,” a police spokesman said. Burdick’s estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. She 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.