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Nurse gets DUI charge in summer rollover on Steese Highway

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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:06 am

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks woman who rolled a state government SUV in the summer on the Steese Highway was charged this week with driving under the influence.

A court summons was issued this week for Laurie Kimball Calderhead, 59, a public health nurse who was making her rounds in Central and Circle at the time of the crash, according to the criminal complaint against her.

Alaska State Troopers said they received a report of a single vehicle crash involving a 2007 Ford Expedition at 11:18 a.m. July 11 at 92 Mile Steese Highway. Calderhead, the driver, was injured and taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. A trooper who looked through her purse to find an ID said there were several empty beer bottles in the vehicle and an empty vodka bottle in Calderhead’s purse.

Troopers later asked Calderhead to perform field sobriety tests at the hospital. She failed, although she was in a great deal of pain while taking the tests, troopers said. She told troopers she had been drinking at a party the night before, but stopped drinking about 11 p.m. the night before. She hit the road about 8 or 9 a.m., she said.

In a blood sample taken at the request of troopers, she registered a blood-alcohol of 0.097. Her hospital medical records showed a blood-alcohol of 0.108. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater is one standard prosecutors can use to charge someone with DUI in Alaska.

Summons have been issued for Calderhead to appear in court on the DUI charge, according to her online case file. There is no listed court date or a listed attorney for Calderhead.

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

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