Public safety briefs for April 9, 2019

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Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement and public safety records and includes arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

On Apr. 3 at about 8:10 p.m., following a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) complaint, the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team contacted a driver of a white 1997 Mitsubishi Montero. Investigation revealed that Troy A. Pierce, 46, of Soldotna, Pierce had been driving under the influence. Pierce was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the trooper post for processing. A records check revealed that Pierce has two other convictions for driving under the influence within the last 10 years. Pierce was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on the charge of felony driving under the influence.

On Apr. 3 at 3:54 p.m., Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers received a report of a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) at about Mile 22 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Anna Martin, 46, of Nikiski, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 5 at 7:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received report of a disturbance in the area of Glacier Avenue E in Sterling. Investigation revealed that Jack Santos, 58, of Sterling, had placed a woman in imminent fear of physical injury. Santos was arrested for (fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Apr. 5 at 10:35 p.m., Anchor Point Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation in the city of Homer. Investigation revealed that Robert Johnson, 47, of Anchor Point, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Johnson was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Homer Jail.

On Apr. 5 at 11:22 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Craig Lathan Walls, 30, of Soldotna, for failing to submit his hunt report for his RC860 caribou permit, that he had applied for and received, by the due date in October of 2018. Bail was set at $120. An optional court appearance is scheduled in the Kenai District Court.

On Apr. 3 at 5:27 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to Mile 1 of the Kenai Spur Highway to a report of a collision involving two vehicles. The driver of a grey 2015 Dodge Ram truck was identified as Aquilina M. Active, 24, of Nanwalek. Investigation revealed that Active had pulled out from a frontage road in front of another vehicle, causing a collision. The other vehicle was a black 2007 Pontiac G-6, operated by Mary J. Grzybowski, 40, of Nikiski. Both parties were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital, after reporting minor injuries. Both drivers reported wearing seat belts, and airbags were not deployed. Active was issued a traffic citation for disobedience to a traffic control device. Both vehicles were totaled, and Jen-War Towing responded and took possession of the vehicles.

On Apr. 6 at about 1:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Mile 67.5 of the Sterling Highway and contacted passenger Elias McConnell, 22, of Kenai, who had an outstanding no bail warrant. McConnell was taken to Wildwood Correctional Center.

On Apr. 3 at about 5:10 a.m., Alaska State Troopers patrol observed a vehicle traveling at high rate of speed on the Kenai Spur Highway. As it turned onto Holt-Lamplight Road, it drove into the opposite lane of travel, and a turn signal was not activated. At that time, troopers activated emergency equipment, and the vehicle sped up. While on Holt-Lamplight Road, both vehicles reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour, the suspect again traveling in the opposite lane of travel. The vehicle’s operator, Trevor Hallstead, 24, was arrested and charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and no insurance.

On Apr. 2 at 1:55 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a call of a suspicious vehicle parking in multiple driveways on Funny River Road. Troopers located the vehicle at a Soldotna business, and the driver was identified as James L. West, 50, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that West had an active warrant for fourth-degree assault and criminal mischief. West was arrested for the warrant and unlawful contact and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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