On March 20, Alaska State Troopers responded to a car crash on Dowling Road and Lake Otis around 4:13 pm. An alleged drunk driver caused a pile up and then tried to flee on foot with a bottle of alcohol in hand, but two witnesses chased him down, police said. Investigations showed a 60 year old man was driving east on Dowling Road in a gray Chevy pickup, straddling two lanes when he rear-ended two vehicles stopped at a stop light on Lake Otis and Dowling Road. Those two vehicles were pushed into two other vehicles in front of them. Immediately after the collision the 60 year old driver got out of his truck and began to run away from the scene when he was caught by one of the drivers he hit. The 60 year old man was arrested and charged with a felony DUI, refusing to submit to a chemical test and reckless driving.
Report taken from Alaska Dispatch News.
Driving Safety Tips Against Drunk Drivers
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Maintain a generous following distance
- Use extra caution at intersections
- Avoid driving late at night
- Be well prepared
Intoxicated and impaired drivers are a very real danger for drivers and passengers on literally every roadway in the country. Accidents involving impaired drivers are not limited to one particular area or one type of roadway. A drunk driver can cause an accident anytime, anywhere. Remember to wear your seatbelt, be aware, and volunteer to be a designated driver.
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