Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 22:28

Unattended preschooler drives off in SUV

A 3-year-old left alone in a vehicle parked at the Eagle River post office clambered into the front seat, put the Chevy Blazer into gear and drove into traffic on Business Boulevard, Anchorage police said.

No one was injured during the incident, which occurred at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23. Police officers in the right place at the right time managed to stop the Blazer and its young driver before they got too far.

The child’s mother, a 23-year-old Eagle River woman, had left the SUV running while she ran inside the post office, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.

Officer James Conley happened to be driving north on Business Boulevard from the Old Glenn Highway when he saw an SUV pull onto the road from the post office parking lot, according to a report Conley filed.

“The SUV pulled right out in front of two vehicles, one in each direction,” Conley wrote in his report. “Both vehicles had to suddenly stop. The SUV then appeared to back up.” Conley spotted a small child sat in the driver’s seat, without an adult.

Then he saw another patrol car, driven by Officer Mark Fortunato, coming in the opposite direction, he wrote.

Conley drove onto the grass behind the Blazer and Fortunato blocked it from the front, boxing it in.

“I opened the door and pulled the 3 year old child from the vehicle,” he wrote. “The vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition and it was in gear.”

The incident is under review, according to Parker.

Police did not release the name of the mother, or the gender of the child.


Chili recipe hot in more ways than one

Anchorage police said they arrested a 25-year-old Wasilla woman on Oct. 17 for assault after she reportedly struck a household member in a dispute over how much meat should go into the chili they were cooking.

The incident occurred in Chugiak, police said. The woman was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.


Drug arrest at ERHS

Anchorage police said they arrested a 16-year-old female student for possession of marijuana on the grounds of Eagle River High School on the afternoon of Oct. 18. The girl was released to a parent with a directive to report to juvenile intake at McLaughlin Youth Center.


Homestead brawl disappears

Anchorage police said they responded to a report of an estimated 15 people fighting in the parking lot of the Homestead Lounge in Eagle River at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. Multiple callers reported the brawl.

By the time officers arrived, the crowd - and the combatants - had dispersed, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. No charges were filed.


DUI arrest

Anchorage police said they arrested Elijah Cabinboy, 24, of Anchorage for driving under the influence after they stopped him for speeding just after 3:30 a.m. in the area of Eagle River Road and the Old Glenn Highway.

Cabinboy’s estimated breath-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $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.

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