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Story Last modified at 6:08 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Warmer weather triggers spate of DWI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Benjamin Barnes, 26, of Eagle River on May 6 for driving under the influence and driving without insurance after receiving reports of a 1994 GMC pickup crashed in a ditch on Jayhawk Drive in Chugiak.

Barnes tried to walk away from the scene, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. His breath-alcohol levels were estimated at nearly three times the legal limit, Shell said. Barnes was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 18, 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.