A Kodiak man was arrested after allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle on a state road while under the influence of alcohol.
William Craig, 49, is charged with felony operating a vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant or controlled substance, felony refusal to submit to a chemical test, and misdemeanor false information or report.
On Sunday at 7:20 p.m., an Alaska State Trooper was patrolling the area where PiIlar Creek Beach access road intersects Monashka Bay Road when he saw a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle drive past.
The vehicle had one passenger and a driver. He stopped the driver later identified as Craig, and told him that it was illegal to operate an ATV on the state roadway.
The trooper noticed that the driver’s eyes were watery and his speech was slurred when he greeted the trooper.
The trooper smelled alcohol on his breath and saw two open beer bottles in the console. He also saw a “12-pack of beer in the back that was empty except for two bottles,” in addition to several other empty beer bottles and cans, wrote the trooper in the affidavit.
After the trooper asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, he saw him stumble and then lean on the back of the ATV to maintain his balance.
He then asked Craig for his name. Craig first told him Michael Craig. After a search in the trooper database came back empty, Craig told him his name was Rusty and eventually admitted that his name was William Craig, said the trooper in the affidavit.
According to the document, Craig admitted to having driven the ATV from his residence at the Kodiak Veteran of Foreign Affairs RV park after having consumed alcohol that afternoon. Craig reportedly said he consumed “a couple beers.”
After the trooper asked him about the empty beer bottles in the console, Craig admitted that they were his. The trooper also asked him to perform a series of sobriety tests, but Craig refused to participate. He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence.
While searching the vehicle, the trooper reportedly found several more empty bottles of alcohol in the console.
Craig was transported to the Kodiak Jail. He requested a copy of the Implied Consent Warning to read himself. Craig allegedly said he was trying “to buy time so the alcohol would get out of his system,” and refused to provide a sample of his breath.
Upon further investigation, Craig was found to have two previous DUI convictions in Washington state, both in 2016, according to the affidavit.
“Craig committed the offense of a felony DUI when he operated a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, while having been previously convicted two times since January 1, 1996, and within the 10 years preceding the current offense,” the affidavit said.
A Class C felony can result in a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $50,000.