FAIRBANKS — A pedestrian was medevaced to Anchorage after she was hit by a vehicle early Sunday morning on the Old Steese Highway

About 3:30 a.m. Sunday, a 55-year-old woman crossing the Old Steese Highway was struck by a gold Subaru Tribeca, according to Rick Sweet, one of several Fairbanks police officers who was on scene for the closing of the Rock N Rodeo nearby. 

The Subaru was traveling relatively slowly, but the pedestrian suffered a “head trauma injury” from the crash and was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Sweet said. He said he’d heard she was later taken to Anchorage. 

Police arrested the Subaru driver, 58-year-old Linda Hering, on charges of driving under the influence and third-degree felony assault. 

But the Fairbanks district’s attorney’s office did not file immediately charges against Hering, who had been released from Fairbanks Correctional Center by Monday. 

An email Monday evening requesting information about the case from Fairbanks District Attorney Michael Gray was not returned before deadline. 

Sweet said he arrested Hering on suspicion of driving under the influence because she displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol including blood-shot watery eyes and slurred speech, he said. It was windy and difficult to tell whether she smelled of alcohol, he said.

Hering failed one field sobriety test and refused to give a breath-alcohol test or take additional field sobriety tests, Sweet said. A sample of her blood was taken at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.