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Story Last modified at 8:46 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Police Briefs

Man takes out frustrations on car

Anchorage police said they arrested a 21-year-old Chugiak man after he smashed out the windows of a Plymouth Neon parked on Citation Road on Dec. 31 around 1:25 a.m.

Michael Gilmore apparently thought the 18-year-old owner of the car had dated his girlfriend while Gilmore was away on vacation, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

He was charged with felony criminal mischief because damage to the car exceeded $500, Shell said.

Gilmore was remanded at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail, she said.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Jesus Alvarez, 48, of Eagle River for driving under the influence around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 after passers-by reported his white Honda four-door driving at inconsistent speeds on Eagle River Road. Alvarez also sat through several green lights, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

In a separate arrest on Jan. 2, police arrested Renee Alice Rybczynski, 19, of Anchorage for driving under the influence after she drove the wrong way up the Hiland Road offramp, Shell said. Rybczynski then turned onto Hiland and went into the ditch, she said. Her estimated blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, Shell said. She was remanded at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

On Jan. 5, police said they issued a summons to Brooke Payovich, 19, of Eagle River for minor consuming alcohol after the pickup Payovich was riding in was pulled over for front headlight out, Shell said.

Elusive driver snagged in Wasilla

Anchorage police said they tried to stop a pickup on the Glenn Highway Jan. 2 but the driver took off and was later arrested by Alaska State Troopers in Wasilla.

Joshua J. Nelson, 25, was arrested on charges of felony driving under the influence and failure to stop at the direction of an officer, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Nelson got the attention of Anchorage police with dark-tinted windows and no light on his rear license plate, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer involved said that during the stop, the 2006 GMC Sierra pickup drove past at 65 mph, pulled into the slow lane and started to drive over to the side of the highway but then "took off at 80 mph," Lammers said. The officer disengaged pursuit and police called troopers who arrested Nelson, she said.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

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