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.


Richard Allen Vent Jr., 20, of Huslia, was charged with fourth-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident Dec. 28. According to charging documents, Fairbanks police found Vent passed out in a rental vehicle that was used in hit-and-run accident. Vent resisted attempts to get him out of the vehicle and punched an officer in the face. Further investigation showed Vent had hit a building on Farewell Avenue and fled the scene. 


Carole Lynn Drake, 29, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test Dec. 29, after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver staggering to her vehicle and weaving all over the road after leaving the College Road Safeway liquor store. Police located Drake at her stepfather’s house. Drake smelled strongly of alcohol and was uncooperative, according to charging documents. She was arrested for DUI and refused to take a breath-alcohol test at the police station.

Multiple charges

Randy Preshaw, 34, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license and violating conditions of release Dec. 27, after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a man passed out in a car parked at a gas pump at the College Road Tesoro station. The car was gone when troopers arrived but was located at the intersection of Airport Road and University Avenue. Its lights were off even though it was approximately 9:30 p.m., according to charging documents. The driver, Preshaw, appeared extremely lethargic and his pupils were very constricted and nonreactive to changes in light. Preshaw failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.000.

Dorothy Chomicz