Suspects switched seats before OUI arrests: APD

Early Friday morning, Anchorage Police say they arrested two people for driving drunk on the city’s east-side.

Around 2:15, officers with the Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit (IEDU) conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck at the intersection of Duben Avenue and Melody Place. APD spokesman MJ Thim says the truck had just left the parking lot of Cabin Tavern on Muldoon.

After pulling over, officers reported watching motion inside the cab and determined the driver and passenger switched places.

When officers approached the truck, 24-year-old Kristina Huffman was in the driver’s seat, while 30-year-old Eric Alexander was in the passenger seat.

Police reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, prompting officers to conduct field sobriety tests– which were subsequently failed by both suspects, Thim says.

Huffman and Alexander were each charged with operating under the influence and taken to the Anchorage Jail.

School board member faces misdemeanor charge

Steven Kenneth Anderson charged with second-offense drunken driving

CADILLAC — A longtime board member at Cadillac Area Public Schools is facing his second drunken driving charge after authorities said he was tested at more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Steven Kenneth Anderson, 59, of Cadillac, is again accused of drunken driving after Wexford County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday stopped him on Mitchell Street where he tested a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.17 percent, court records state. He was formally charged Monday in 84th District Court.

District officials are keeping quiet about the recent arrest. Most board members — including Anderson and President Mike Stebbins — declined to comment. Others — like Superintendent Jennifer Brown — didn’t return multiple phone calls on Tuesday.

“We’re a pretty solid group of people and I was sorry to read (about Anderson’s criminal charge) this morning because I have a high level of admiration for Steve,” said board Trustee Judy Coffey.

Coffey and her colleagues weren’t certain how the criminal charge could impact Anderson’s tenure on the board. The district’s website noted Anderson assumed the publicly elected position in 2002. His term isn’t set to end until 2020 but a criminal conviction could expedite his eventual departure.

Board bylaws noted a felony conviction would force a board member to immediately vacate their position. Anderson’s operating while intoxicated charge is a misdemeanor that carries a potential one-year jail sentence, if convicted. The bylaws don’t specifically address misdemeanor crimes.

Records state Anderson in 2011 — while serving on the board of education — was convicted of a similar charge of operating while impaired. His prior record didn’t appear to impact his role at the district but it could enhance a possible jail sentence if convicted for his latest charge.

Anderson — who also owns and operates the Cadillac Tire Center on U.S. 131 South — was released on a personal recognizance bond ahead of his next court hearing in February. County Prosecutor Jason Elmore has yet to provide police reports pending a Freedom of Information Act request.

Visit for continued coverage as the criminal case proceeds in district court.

Sheriff’s son gets jail after supplying gun used in homicide

Nikolas Abbott, 23, was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 30, to one year in the Berrien County Jail by Berrien County Trial Court Judge Scott Schofield. Schofield also ordered Abbott to serve four years of probation.

Abbott pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to three felonies: accessory after the fact to a felony; operating while intoxicated causing serious body injury; and receiving and concealing a firearm.

Abbott is the son of Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott.

Police say Abbott supplied the gun used in the Feb. 3 homicide of Eddie “E.J.” Holland in Bangor. Police say Abbott sold the gun in Benton Harbor the day after the homicide. It was later recovered by police.

“Prior to our recovery, actually the day after the homicide, Nikolas Abbott decided to report that his gun has been stolen and knowing full well through our investigation that he was actually the one that took possession of the gun and then got rid of it and then reported it stolen,” Michigan State Police Det. Sgt. Brian DeWyse testified during a probable cause hearing on June 27.

Thurman Fletcher is serving at least nine years in prison for manslaughter and felony firearm in Holland’s death.

A witness at Fletcher’s March 16 preliminary examination, Matthew Eide, said he met Abbott for the first time at a party at a friend’s residence at Apple Tree Apartments in Bangor the night Holland was killed. Eide said he heard Holland was mad at Fletcher because Fletcher used counterfeit money to buy marijuana from him.

Eide said he first saw a handgun in the pocket of Abbott’s hoodie then saw Abbott pull out the gun and hand it to Thurman.

“He said, ‘Use it if you have to,'” Eide testified at Fletcher’s preliminary examination.

In the operating while intoxicated case, Abbott seriously injured a woman in a crash Nov. 25, 2016. Abbott told police he was looking at his cell phone just prior to the crash. He said he may have crossed over the center line on C.R. 681 in Van Buren County’s Arlington Township when he hit another car head-on, according to probable cause testimony. Abbott admitted to using Xanax, for which he did not have a prescription. The driver of the other car reported had wrist injuries, bruising and whiplash from the crash.

In exchange for Abbott’s pleas, felony charges of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, felony firearm, false report of a felony, and a second count of receiving and concealing a firearm were dropped.

Passed out driver arrested for DWI in Mariners Harbor

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– Police arrested a 51-year-old man — found passed out behind the wheel Saturday afternoon near the entrance to the National Grid building in Mariners Harbor — and charged him with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Jesus Moran, of Kyle Court in Arden Heights was charged with (DWI) in connection with the incident at 200 Gulf Avenue, according to a written statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Port Authority Police Captain Steven Yablonsky spotted a 2008 silver Nissan Altima with Pennsylvania plates blocking a section of road at about 2 p.m. Yablonsky approached Moran, who had his eyes closed, keys in the ignition and the car in park, the spokesman said.

When Moran awakened, he waved his arms as he attempted to exit the vehicle, and he smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet, said the spokesman.

Police said Moran’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

Proof of Driving

I got a dui.  I crashed my car. Cops showed up later, I was outside of the vehicle, and refused the breathalizer test do they have enough evidence to convict me of the dui.

The prosecution can make a case based on circumstancial evidence. The jury would have to decide if is has been proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Woman arrested after pursuit


Woman arrested after evading police

An area woman has been arrested and charges are pending after she allegedly attempted to evade police Saturday afternoon in Farmington.

Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said at 4:30 p.m. Saturday dispatchers received a call about a possibly impaired driver in the area of Eagle Mart, located off Karsch Boulevard.

“When the officer arrived at the scene he saw a silver Ford Mustang matching the description given to dispatch,” Baker said. “The officer got out of her vehicle and attempted to make contact with the female who was driving.”

Baker said the woman made some kind of comment to the officer and then began to slowly pull back onto Karsch Boulevard.

“The officer got back into her car and while she was doing so, the driver of the Ford Mustang started driving eastbound,” said Baker. “She then began doing circles in the middle of Karsch Boulevard. The driver then drove in reverse in the eastbound lanes of Karsch.”

Baker said the driver of the Mustang spun the car around in a 180-degree turn and headed west on Karsch at a high rate of speed. He added she reportedly ran a stoplight at Karsch and Washington and continued westbound passing Potosi Street.

“Evidently it was a green light at Potosi and Karsch and then she made a left turn onto Walton Drive, running the red light,” Baker said. “She then continued south on Walton Drive and then made a right turn into the Walmart parking lot approaching the grocery side doors.”

The chief said she reportedly stopped the car, exited and took off running toward the center of the parking lot. A foot chase ensued and the officer were able to subdue her in the parking lot, placing her under arrest.

“She was taken to the St. Francois County Jail and will be charged with failing to obey a traffic control device two times, failure to drive in a single lane and driving while intoxicated (by) drugs,” Baker said. “She will also be charged with careless and imprudent driving, resisting arrest by fleeing, property damage in the second degree, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving while suspended and assault on a law enforcement officer.”

The chief said the report was sent to the prosecutor for review of the charges. He added officers were scraped up and bruised from the scuffle while taking her into custody. Additionally, he said, at one point while she was driving she swerved in an attempt to hit a patrol car.

“When I first heard it I was thinking at 4 or 5 p.m. on Karsch Boulevard … Saturdays are less congested than during the week,” Baker said. “It could have been bad with people coming home from work. You just don’t see that every day.”

Her name is not being released at this time pending the filing of formal changes.