A roving Kodiak-area village public safety officer caught both his flight to Kodiak Tuesday and a fellow passenger who drove next to the plane while visibly drunk, officials said.

VPSO coordinator T.C. Kamai said Cpl. Roger Ouellette was boarding a flight operated by a local air carrier in Larsen Bay when he saw Guy Potter, 56, of Fresno, California, drive up to the plane and get out of the vehicle while showing signs of impairment.

A trooper report said Ouellette contacted troopers in Kodiak and asked them to meet the airplane. Potter was contacted outside the air carrier office and was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Potter was transported to the Kodiak Jail where he was held on $500 bail.

Kamai said Ouellette was not armed. He said the Kodiak Area Native Association is still awaiting results of firearms training being taken by the first three VPSOs at a training academy in Sitka.

The training follows a bill signed into law last year that allows VPSOs to carry firearms for the first time. Although they are under the supervision of Alaska State Troopers, VPSOs are hired and employed by Native nonprofit corporations. They are paid for through state grants and given the authority of a police officer by the state Department of Public Safety.

There are 120 VPSO positions statewide, including seven currently employed by KANA..

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