Man charged with DUI in 4-car downtown crash
Anchorage police say a four-car collision in downtown Anchorage last week, which left a woman injured, was caused by a driver now charged with DUI and assault.
Court records show Tevita Vaitohi, 32, facing counts of first-degree and third-degree assault, as well as a DUI charge, in the Friday wreck at 3rd Avenue and E Street. Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said Vaitohi was arrested at the scene, after the crash was reported at about 5:15 p.m. that evening.
Photos and video of the crash, taken by KTVA viewer Russ Reno, show several damaged vehicles in 3rd’s westbound lanes at its intersection with E.
A criminal complaint against Vaitohi, written by Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist, said Vaitohi and a passenger of his both reported to police that they had been drinking. Witnesses reported seeing Vaitohi’s vehicle strike one driven by the injured victim, who was in a line of stopped cars at a red light.
“The collision was severe enough to cause [the victim’s] vehicle to skid off the roadway,” Gist wrote. “Vaitohi’s vehicle continued forward and struck another vehicle, vehicle number 3, causing it to slam into the back of vehicle 4.”
The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries to the back of her head and upper spine; occupants of the other two vehicles were unhurt.
After the crash, Gist said, Vaitohi performed “poorly” on sobriety tests. His breath alcohol content registered as .220 – more than twice Alaska’s legal limit of .08.
Court records show that Vaitohi was arraigned Saturday afternoon. His bail was set at a total of $2,500, which he had posted by Monday.
Daniella Rivera contributed information to this story.
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