POLICE BRIEFS 2/16/12
Chugiak woman arrested for child abuse
Anchorage police said they arrested a Chugiak woman on charges of child abuse after she was involved in a physical altercation with two minors in her home.
The 38-year-old woman was arrested on Feb. 3 after police responded to a report from the minors at about 10:30 p.m., according to police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker. The children are related to the woman. Officers noted that she showed “signs of intoxication” upon their arrival, Parker said. The woman was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
A tale of two ‘stolen’ vehicles
Anchorage police said an Eagle River man reported that somebody stole his Honda on Feb. 7 around 9 a.m. but then the man remembered he’d parked the car at his in-laws’ home and it wasn’t stolen at all.
A Chugiak man didn’t have such luck. He told police on the same day, not 30 minutes later, that he loaned his vehicle to a friend who didn’t return it when he needed it back, police said.
Anchorage police said they arrested Thomas Banfield, 40, of Eagle River driving under the influence just after 10 a.m. on Feb. 5 on Hanson Drive. An officer stopped Banfield for seatbelt and expired tab violations while he was driving a commercial vehicle, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. His estimated blood-alcohol level was above the .04 limit set for commercial vehicle drivers, Parker said. Banfield was lodged at Anchorage Jail.
In an unrelated arrest, police said they arrested Bryce Campbell, 19, of Eagle River for driving under the influence just before 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 on the Old Glenn Highway after they stopped him for a headlight violation. Police detected no alcohol in Campbell’s breath but they seized drug paraphernalia from his vehicle, Parker said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail after police obtained a blood draw with a search warrant. A passenger, 19-year-old Jake Foster, of Chugiak was cited for minor consuming.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.