Driver in Ingra Street SUV rollover charged with DUI
The driver in an SUV rollover that ejected a female passenger in Midtown Anchorage last weekend has been charged with assault and DUI, after police say he told an officer he was drinking heavily on the day of the crash.
John Neon Andrew Jr., 53, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault plus DUI, reckless driving and driving with a canceled or revoked license, according to court documents on the Saturday collision on Ingra Street just north of Fireweed Lane.
A criminal complaint against Andrew, written by Anchorage police officer Steven Buchta, said police first began to hear about the single-vehicle wreck just after 6 p.m. Saturday. The crash caused lane closures on Gambell and Ingra for hours that evening.
Officers found Andrew’s Chevrolet Equinox on its wheels after crossing the median from Gambell to Ingra, where it had rolled on the one-way northbound street. Evidence at the scene, Buchta wrote, indicated the SUV had “struck a curb, then was improperly corrected” in the moments before the crash.
Police also found two open partial containers of alcohol, one of lager and another of Rich and Rare whiskey, on Ingra Street near the vehicle.
Medics took all three people in the Equinox to local hospitals, including the ejected passenger who had suffered serious injuries. Police later spoke with Andrew at the hospital.
“(Andrew) told Officer Spillers that he had consumed six beers between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” Buchta wrote. “Hospital records for the treatment of (Andrew) obtained by search warrant indicate his blood-alcohol level was .389.”
Alaska’s legal limit for driving is 0.08.
Court records showed a $10,000 arrest warrant had been issued for Andrew, but he wasn’t listed in custody in a statewide inmate database Friday afternoon.