Woman charged with DUI in wreck that injured a child
An Anchorage woman has been charged with DUI in a Lake Otis Parkway crash which injured a child and killed a dog Tuesday evening, police said.
An initial report of 39-year-old Kathleen T. Dahl’s vehicle hitting a light pole, near Lake Otis and Cleo Avenue, came in just after 8 p.m. Tuesday according to APD.
Police said Dahl had been “driving southbound on Lake Otis in a 1991 Chevy pickup while speeding, swerving, and hitting the curb.”
“The pole fell over and hit the Chevy, a juvenile pedestrian, and the pedestrian’s dog,” police wrote. “The dog died at the scene and the pedestrian’s leg was seriously injured; she was transported to the hospital for treatment of her non-life-threatening injury.”
In a charging document against Dahl, prosecutors said the 10-year-old girl’s father had been walking with her and the dog when he saw Dahl’s pickup truck swerve toward them.
“[The father] grabbed [the daughter] and pushed her into the bushes, landing in the bushes himself,” prosecutors wrote. “He explained he believed the truck was going to hit them. Almost immediately the light pole was hit, and he heard his daughter begin screaming.”
Responding officers said the daughter was still screaming when they arrived, saying she suffered a deep leg wound roughly 4 inches wide by 8 inches long.
Dahl wasn’t hurt in the crash, police said. She was taken into custody “after witnesses took the keys from her vehicle.”
According to prosecutors, Dahl told police she had had “four shots of whiskey.” About an hour after the crash, however, she had a breath alcohol content of .355 – more than four times Alaska’s legal limit of for driving of .08.
An analysis of breath alcohol content levels' effect, posted by ignition-interlock seller Lifeloc, calls levels above .3 "extremely life threatening."
"You have little comprehension of where you are," the description read. "You may pass out suddenly and be difficult to awaken."
Dahl was arrested and held at the Anchorage Jail.
Court documents show she was charged with second- and third-degree assault, DUI, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. A count of misconduct involving controlled substances was added, police said, linked to “cocaine that corrections employees found in her jacket pocket during processing.”
Dahl's bail was set at $7,500 in an arraignment Wednesday afternoon. A judge barred her from using alcohol during her release if she makes bail.
John Thompson contributed information to this story.
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