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Story Last modified at 10:24 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Man fights law, law wins

An Anchorage man walked away from a wreck at East Eagle River Loop and Mills Bay Drive around 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, then put up his dukes when Anchorage police tried to stop him.

Cody Kirgis, 24, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, fourth-degree assault, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license and driving without his interlock ignition device, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers.

He was remanded to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail plus third-party custodian.

An officer responding to a report of the original collision spotted a person matching the description of the driver who left the scene of the accident, Lammers said. But when the officer told the man to get on the ground as other officers pulled up, the man got "into a fighting stance, clenching his fists into a ball," she said.

At least one officer drew his weapon during the confrontation, but quickly holstered his gun even as Kirgis continued to not comply with the officers' orders, Lammers said. The officer then pepper-sprayed him and tackled him, eventually getting him into handcuffs despite his continued combative behavior, she said.

Officers confiscated 11 grams of marijuana from Kirgis, she said.

Door window to other thefts

An Eagle River man suspected of stealing a sliding-glass door from a home under construction on Eagle River Lane was discovered at his home, as was the door, Anchorage police said. A contractor discovered the door missing on Jan. 27, along with other items from neighboring properties under construction, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The contractor contacted the suspect at home, where the man had the door and also admitted to taking some of the other missing items, Lammers said. A case is pending.

In an unrelated case with less resolution, a 26-year-old resident of Holitna Circle told police someone stole his laptop from his bedroom early in the morning on Jan. 26 while he was out of the house. The man said he always leaves the front door unlocked.

Dead end indeed

The driver of a car full of teenagers cut the lights and rolled to a stop at the end of Eklutna Park Drive on Jan. 30. For some reason, an Anchorage police officer watching for stop-sign runners at 4:25 a.m. thought that a good reason to investigate further.

The officer made contact with the driver, 18-year-old Brett Krenzelok, and noticed he had bloodshot, watery eyes, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer also noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and later was handed a small plastic bag with two buds in it.

Krenzelok was cited and released for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, Lammers said. His two passengers, both under 18, were picked up by their parents.

FOCUS target of vandals

Some time overnight on Feb. 1, someone entered the offices of FOCUS Inc. in Eagle River and vandalized the walls, Anchorage police said. The nonprofit reported graphic pictures and messages drawn on the walls, police said. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

Missing a plow?

Someone apparently left a snowplow in the middle of Beach Lake Road on Feb. 2. It's been towed to the Eagle River parks department shop if it's yours.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Grant Stahly, 49, of Chugiak for driving under the influence, driving with license revoked and driving without his interlock ignition device after a family member called him in. Stahly was arrested on Feb. 3 just before 8 p.m. after the relative told dispatchers he was intoxicated, had driven himself home and was starting to get into an argument. Stahly's blood-alcohol level was estimated at more than three times the legal limit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Edward Carter-Chapman, 64, of Eagle River on Jan. 27 after he drove off the road at the Hiland Road exit. Carter-Chapman was drinking and also taking prescription medication that was counter-indicated with alcohol because of a medical condition, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

Alexandra Reynolds, 26, of Anchorage on Jan. 29 on East Eagle River Loop Road after police stopped her for speeding. Reynolds was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Kent Briske, 47, of Houston on Feb. 4 on Eklutna Lake Road after an officer saw him stop in a pullout marked with no-parking signs. Briske was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.