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Public Safety Report - Sept. 22

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Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 3:09 am | Updated: 1:01 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

The Public Safety Report is compiled from criminal complaints filed in state and federal courts, as well as some police blotter information, trooper dispatches, fire department reports and interviews with public safety officials. Individuals named as arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

Multiple charges

• A North Pole man was charged with felony DUI, felony refusal to submit to a chemical breath, felony drugs misconduct and promoting contraband in the first degree as the result of a traffic stop Friday.

North Pole police stopped Billy James Lowery, 29, for speeding on the Old Richardson Highway. He was going 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.

The officer suspected Lowery was intoxicated based the strong odor of alcohol on his breath, his slurred speech and the fact he had bloodshot, watery eyes and was swaying.

Lowery admitted to drinking three beers at the Refinery Lounge and failed a visual field test but refused other field sobriety tests, as well as a chemical breath test.

The drug and promoting contraband charges were added when an officer at Fairbanks Correctional Center found two Vicodin pills mixed in with change that was in his front pants pocket while being booked in jail. Lowery admitted the pills were his and he didn’t have a prescription for them.

Lowery was previously convicted of DUI in 2005 and 2006.

• Dustin Wade Warrenburg, 35, of Fairbanks was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical breath test, drugs misconduct and driving without a license following a traffic stop on Thursday night. Warrenburg was pulled over at 11:34 p.m. on the Old Steese Highway for failing to dim his headlights at an oncoming trooper. Warrenburg’s vehicle also had no rear license plate light.

Warrenburg displayed signs of intoxication and told the trooper, “I’m going to jail” during the stop, though he denied drinking. Warrenburg refused a breath test.

Warrenburg also was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after the trooper found a bag of marijuana stuffed under a sleeping bag in the front of the vehicle and a marijuana pipe on the dashboard. The trooper found another bag of marijuana stuffed under the driver’s seat. The criminal complaint did not reveal how much marijuana was in either bag.

Warrenburg also was charged with driving without a license. He told the trooper he hadn’t had a license for 20 years.

DUI

• Sadhu Francisco Duque-Henao, 31, of Fairbanks was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Saturday morning after being stopped driving without his lights on.

Fairbanks police stoppped Duque-Henao at 10th Avenue and the Steese Expressway at 4 a.m. An officer also observed Duque-Henao’s vehicle weaving.

Duque-Henao denied drinking but appeared intoxicated, with an odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor dexterity and balance. Even though he told the officer he hadn’t been drinking, Duque-Henao rated his intoxication level at a 2 on a scaled of 10.

Duque-Henao failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.064 percent on a chemical breath test.

• Priscilla Marie Elizondo, 21, of Fairbanks was arrested and charged with DUI after being involved in a hit-and-run accident at Airport Way and Barnette Street early Saturday morning.

Fairbanks police received a call at 2:38 a.m. reporting that Elizondo had hit a GMC pickup with her Buick Century and left the scene.

Police located Elizondo and determined she was drunk. She had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, had bloodshot, watery eyes and was slurring her speech. Elizondo failed field sobriety tests and her breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.160 percent.

Assault

Tiare Marshall, 23, of Fairbanks was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching her husband in the eye after getting into an argument about finances at Gallo’s restaurant on College Road on Friday.

Marshall took her husband’s debit card and would not give it back. She accused him of talking to other women before hitting him. She went back into the restaurant and tried to hide in a hallway closet when police arrived.

When the officer asked her for the debit card, she threw it at the officer and hit him in the chest.

Reckless driving

Mary Alexie, 30, of Fairbanks was charged with reckless driving and driving with a revoked license after a trooper saw her car swerve around and in front of a Ford Explorer driven by her boyfriend as Alexie was entering the Johansen Expressway from College Road.

Alexie stopped her Chevrolet Lumina in front of the Explorer and jumped into the Explorer with her boyfriend. Her aggressive driving caused “substantial and unjustifiable risk” to both her boyfriend and other drivers, according to charging documents. Her vehicle blocked traffice on the single-lane ramp, causing traffic to back up.

A records check showed Alexie’s license had been revoked.

Search and rescue

Several hunters were rescued by Delta Junction emergency medical personnel and volunteers on Sept. 9 after they became stranded between two creeks because of high water.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a call from a hunter on Sept. 9 reporting that a number of hunters were stranded between Jarvis and Ober creeks south of Delta Junction because of high water. High winds had reportedly blown away tents of the some of the hunters the night before and others had rolled four-wheeler trailers loaded with gear while attempting to cross the creeks.

Nine of the hunters were reported to be wet, cold and in need of evacuation. Local emergency medical personnel and a volunteer with a large off-road vehicle responded and were able to safely evacuate the nine hunters, who were forced to leave four-wheelers and other gear behind.

— Tim Mowry

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