Eagle River woman charged with child neglect after impaired driving arrest

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 14:08

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

An Eagle River woman was arrested for operating under the influence and child neglect after she allegedly sped away from police with two children in the back seat at around 2 p.m. on May 27.

According to police, an officer spotted a Ford F150 parked near the Eklutna off-ramp on the Glenn Highway with its hazard lights on. Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said the officer put on his overhead lights, at which point the driver of the Ford allegedly turned off its hazard lights and sped off.

Police said the officer was eventually able to make a traffic stop, at which point he arrested driver Ronda D. Byrd, 45, of Eagle River for operating under the influence and child neglect after it was found Byrd’s two elementary school age children were in the back seat of the vehicle. Police said a relative arrived to take custody of the children.

Other impaired driving arrests

On May 29 at around 7:46 p.m. police received a call about a vehicle stopped at the North Peters Creek off-ramp on the Glenn Highway with someone asleep inside. Police arrived and surrounded the vehicle before waking the driver, Charles P. Remaklus, 46, of Palmer and arresting him for operating under the influence.

On June 1 at around 8:23 p.m. police received a call about a Dodge Ram weaving on the highway and nearly hitting a bridge. Officers arrived, stopped the vehicle and arrested driver Erin T. McLeod, 36, of Anchorage for operating under the influence.

On June 2 at around 1:51 a.m. police received multiple calls about a Chevy Tahoe driving recklessly on the Glenn Highway. Police said officers arrived to find the vehicle parked alongside the road with the driver, Felicia Ayagarak-Ulroan, 26, of Anchorage sitting outside in her wheelchair. Police said Ayagarak-Ulroan was charged with operating under the influence.

Chase called off

On May 27 at around 11:21 p.m. an APD officer made a computer check of a Suzuki Grand Vitara in the Eagle River Walmart parking lot and found the vehicle’s registered owner had a felony warrant. Police said that as the officer was waiting for backup to arrive he saw a man exit the store and get into the passenger side of the vehicle. According to police, the officer tried to stop the vehicle for having a headlight out, but when he activated his lights and siren the Suzuki sped off and the officer discontinued the pursuit.

Dump truck loses window

On May 28 at around 10:49 a.m. police received a report that the window of a dump truck shattered after it was struck by a projectile near the 17000 block of the Old Glenn Highway. According to police, the driver of the truck reported there was a small hole in the middle of the window before a third of the glass fell out of the frame. Police said they suspect the damage was caused by a pellet gun.

Burglaries reported

On May 27 at around 1:38 p.m. police received a report that someone had broken a padlock on a storage trailer at Gruening Middle School and stole several items from inside.

On May 29 at around 9:30 p.m. police received a report that someone broke into a garage on Coronado Road while the garage door was open and stole a bicycle from inside.

On May 30 at around 3:36 p.m. police received a report that someone broke into the shed at Lions Park by forcing their way through the door frame. Nothing was taken as the shed was empty, police said.

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