Post Office Vandalized and Eagle River Resident Charged Twice With DUI in Five Hours
Editor’s Disclaimer: Information received from the Anchorage Police Department CAD Log of Reports Taken for the Chugiak-Eagle River area as recorded online at the Community Crime Map via Renee Oistad of the APD Communications Department and transcribed by Amy Armstrong. All persons are assumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
Wed., March 8
Matthew C. Bailey, age 23 of Eagle River, was arrested for alleged operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence. In this incident, Bailey was arrested at the Century 16 Anchorage movie theater after APD Dispatch received a report regarding a suspected intoxicated driver that pulled a Subaru into a parking lot, hit a snowbank and then poured gasoline over the vehicle while attempting to refuel the car with a gas can. Bailey was transported to the Anchorage Jail and subsequently released.
Thurs., March 9
Matthew C. Bailey, age 23 of Eagle River, who is referenced above was again arrested for alleged operation of a motor vehicle under the influence. This arrest occurred in the 16300 block of Artillery Road in Eagle River. After being released from the Anchorage Jail the night prior on Wed., March 8, Bailey allegedly drove to Eagle River. APD Dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a vehicle was stopped in the slow lane of the Glenn Highway. The citizen said the vehicle was not moving and had its hazard lights on. Upon arriving on scene, APD patrol officers discovered Bailey was the driver of the car. Officers determined Bailey continued to show signs of intoxication and also allegedly found him in possession of a firearm. This arrest also included the charge of Firearms – Drunk in Possession. Bailey was taken to the Anchorage Jail.
Editor’s Note: Readers may be wondering by what process Bailey was released from the Anchorage Jail on the night of March 8 only to be returned there on March 9 early in the morning. Oistad explained to the ECHO News the following: “This is a result of the new bail schedule that was put into effect last year. The bail schedule is set by the presiding judges. There are crimes that we used to book people into jail for but now, after the new bail schedule, they are charged with a crime but given a court date instead of being incarcerated.”
Fri., March 10
Andrew T. Cooley, age 18 of Chugiak, was arrested for alleged Driving Without Proof of Insurance and Following Too Closely in the 13400 block of the N. Eagle River exit from the Glenn Highway. An APD patrol officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Cooley was driving after witnessing the vehicle allegedly being driven in excessive speed and traveling only ten feet behind the vehicle in front of it. The vehicle being driven by Cooley was impounded for lack of insurance.
A dark blue 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was stolen while it was left running in an unlocked and unoccupied status while parked in front of a store in the 11000 block of the Old Glenn Highway. The following day, a private citizen called APD Dispatch to report a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of an abandoned house. Police responded and found the stolen Jetta in the driveway. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping as the vehicle’s owner was unable to respond and retrieve it.
Joshua J. Daly, age 29 of Anchorage, was arrested for alleged operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence at the corner of Mercy Drive and the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River. APD patrol officers pulled the vehicle Daly was driving over for a traffic stop due to the vehicle allegedly not having an operating headlight.
Sat., March 11
Stephanie S. Dickinson, age 40 of Anchorage, was arrested at the intersection of Farm St. and Lake Ave. in Eagle River after an APD officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle she was driving. The officer observed the vehicle being driven on the Old Glenn Highway without license plates attached. Dickinson was arrested for an outstanding unrelated warrant.
Sun., March 12
Brian D. Rogers, age 62 of Chugiak, was arrested for alleged operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence in the 16000 block of the S. Birchwood Loop Road. Rogers was stopped by an Alaska State Trooper whom contacted APD.
Mon., March 13
An unidentified person entered the U.S. Post Office in the 11400 block of the Business Blvd in Eagle River and allegedly vandalized several areas. Flat rate boxes were found thrown to the floor and a trash can was knocked over. A large gouge was found in one of the walls and a table-mounted scale was found bent.
A vehicle not in running order was left in in a church parking lot in the 10100 block of the E. Eagle River Loop Road was vandalized. All four tires were slashed and all six windows were smashed. At this time, APD officers do not suspect any items were taken from the vehicle.
Tues., March 14
Robert D. Blair, Jr., age 34 of Dillingham, was charged with alleged shoplifting at the Eagle River Wal-Mart in the 18600 block of the Eagle River Road. Blair allegedly stole several items from the store. He allegedly left the store without paying for items even after store security personnel commanded him to stop. Blair was in the store’s parking lot when police arrived. He allegedly ran when he saw the police car arrive, but then allegedly stopped running after the officer gave him the verbal order to stop. He was trespassed from the store.
Robert D. Blair, Jr., age 34 of Dillingham, was charged with trespassing at the Eagle River Wal-Mart store. Blair was “trespassed” from the store five hours earlier but was found by store personnel to be back inside.
An APD officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that was witnessed speeding on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River. The officer activated lights and siren, but the vehicle in question took off a high rate of speed and the officer disengaged pursuit for safety reasons. Approximately ten minutes later, citizens in the Boniface area of Anchorage called in to report reckless driving behavior by the driver of the same vehicle. The case is listed as “Eluding.”
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