Chugiak car crash sends one woman to hospital and another to jail

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 14:39

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 unless proven guilty.

Police and volunteer firefighters responded to a Friday, Nov. 22 car crash that resulted in a trip to the hospital for a vehicle’s passenger and a trip to jail for its driver.

According to police, dispatchers were called at around 10:54 p.m. for a report that a silver Suzuki sedan had driven off the road and into a ditch near Homestead Road in Chugiak and was partially submerged in water. Police and the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department arrived, with the latter removing an intoxicated woman from the vehicle and taking her to a hospital with what were described as non life-threatening injuries.

A witness told police the driver, Priscilla A. Cohen, 50, of Chugiak initially got out of the vehicle after the crash and walked to a nearby house before lying in the roadway until police arrived.

Cohen was arrested for felony operating under the influence for having three or more operating under the influence infractions in the last 10 years.

Police make multiple impaired driving arrests

On Nov. 21 at around 3:25 a.m., police received a report about a suspicious vehicle that was running alongside the road near the intersection of Eagle River Loop and Skyline Road. Police said they arrived and arrested James R. Taylor, 25, of Eagle River for operating under the influence of suspected drugs after he was found passed out in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition.

On Nov. 23 at around 12:35 a.m., an APD patrol officer stopped a Volkswagen for speeding on the Glenn Highway and arrested driver Timothy M. Pominville, 33, of Anchorage for operating under the influence.

On Nov. 24 at around 12:32 a.m., an APD patrol officer stopped a Buick for speeding on the Glenn Highway and arrested Kandice M. Pennington, 27, of Anchorage for operating under the influence of suspected drugs.

Family fight results in charge referral

On Nov. 19 at around 7:21 a.m., police said they received a report that a male juvenile struck his father and damaged the family home after being disciplined. Police said charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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