Flurry of holiday weekend DUI arrests include 3 suspected of using drugs

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:45
  • An Anchorage Police Department squad car along the Glenn Highway March 4, 2017. The department maintains a six-officer task force dedicated to responding to intoxicated drivers throughout the Municipality of Anchorage. (Star file photo by Kirsten Swann)

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Anchorage police made six arrests for operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the first three days of the Labor Day holiday weekend in the Chugiak-Eagle River area, according to the department’s online crime statistics. The arrests conincided with additional enforcement efforts by the department during the holiday and through the Alaska State Fair, which ended Sept. 2.

Three of the arrests were for people suspected of using drugs.

DUI arrests made in the three days before Labor Day include:

On Aug. 30 at around 8:52 p.m. police received a call about a man who “appeared to be high on drugs” standing outside a red Camaro at a restaurant on the Old Glenn Highway. Police said officers responded to the area and said Justis M. Hulse, 30, showed signs of impairment. Police said Hulse was searched and found to be in possession of heroin. He was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Aug. 31 at around 1:24 a.m. police received a call from a citizen who said they saw a possible drunk driver turning into a grocery store parking lot. Police said the caller told them they saw the driver pull out of a bar parking lot and swerve while doing so. Police said they arrived and found the driver, Erich J. Myers, 44, of Eagle River in a fast food parking lot. Myers was arrested for felony operating under the influence (three or more in ten years). Police said that while at the Anchorage Jail Myers refused to provide a breath sample and was additionally charged with felony chemical test refusal.

On Aug. 31 at around 2:27 a.m. police said they received a call about someone who pulled into the parking lot of a gas station and appeared to be impaired. Police said officers arrived and arrested William H. McDonald II, 21, of Anchorage for operating under the influence of drugs. Police said they obtained a search warrant and drew blood for testing.

On Aug. 31 at around 4:58 a.m. police received a call about a red Ford Expedition that was unable to maintain its speed on the Glenn Highway. Police said officers arrived and arrested driver Melissa K. E. Raphael, 22, of Anchorage for operating under the influence.

On Sept. 1 at around 3 a.m. police received a call about a possible drunk driver in a restaurant parking lot on Business Boulevard in Eagle River. Police said the caller reported seeing a white Dodge Ram repeatedly hitting a guardrail while trying to leave the parking lot. Police said they arrived and arrested Aldo U. Nevarez, 25, of Eagle River for operating under the influence and third-degree criminal mischief.

On Sept. 1 at around 9:51 p.m. police said they received a call about a small black sedan speeding and passing vehicles on the shoulder of the Glenn Highway. Police said they arrived and arrested driver Jeremy I. Mangrobang, 30, of Anchorage for operating under the influence of suspected drugs. Police said they obtained a search warrant and drew blood for testing.

Vehicles stolen

On Aug. 30 at around 10:40 p.m. police received a report that a 2000 silver Dodge Stratus was stolen from a driveway on Hanson Drive. The vehicle was unlocked with a spare key inside. As of Monday the vehicle had not been recovered.

On Aug. 31 at around 7 p.m. police said they received a call about a 1996 red Ford F350 pickup that was stolen from an auto repair shop on Bill Stephens Drive in Peters Creek. Police said the truck was locked and there were no keys inside at the time of the theft. As of Monday the truck had not been recovered.

Glenn Highway eluding charged

On Aug. 31 at around 8 p.m. police received a call about a Ford Taurus that was unable to maintain its speed or lane on the Glenn Highway. Police said an officer arrived and tried to stop the vehicle, but it refused to yield. Police said a second police cruiser arrived and was able to “help guide the Ford to the edge of the roadway where it finally stopped.” Police said driver Mathai C. Mannucheril, 75, of Eagle River was charged with eluding.

On Aug. 31 at around 8:57 p.m. an APD officer tried to stop a blue Ford on the Glenn Highway for speeding, but police said the officer discontinued the pursuit when the vehicle failed to yield and instead began to drive even more dangerously.

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