Man arrested for DUI after spilling screws on Seward Highway

Man arrested for DUI after spilling screws on Seward Highway

A man was arrested near Seward last Saturday after he spilled a load of 3-inch screws on the Seward Highway.

An Alaska Wildlife Trooper happened upon a truck on the highway that spilled a load of screws, which created a traffic hazard, according to a trooper dispatch released Wednesday. Wildlife troopers usually handle fish and game issues in the state but have the same authority as other Alaska State Troopers, so he contacted the driver, said Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters in an email.

After talking with the driver — John Robert Groothof, 72, of Seward — the trooper found that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested him, according to the dispatch.

“The defendant and his passenger cleaned up the screws prior to the defendant getting arrested,” Peters wrote in the email.

Groothof was charged with one count of driving under the influence, which is a class A misdemeanor, and booked into the Seward Jail, according to the dispatch.

—Elizabeth Earl

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