Anchorage 39.0 °F
Fairbanks 30.0 °F
Juneau 41.0 °F
People arrested for DUIs high blood alcohol levels
Anchorage police say blood-alcohol levels of people arrested for drinking and driving are excessively high.
ANCHORAGE- Anchorage police say blood-alcohol levels of people arrested for drinking and driving are excessively high.
10 out of 13 arrests during a recent weekend had blood-alcohol levels at least two times the legal limit of .08. Police say one driver had more than three times the limit.
Police say many drunk drivers don't know they're intoxicated because they can talk, walk and appear normal.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro has been tracking the numbers this year. She's found no typical DUI offender.
Those who work in substance abuse treatment programs believe the arrest numbers reflect the seriousness of alcohol addiction in Alaska.
Rosalie Nadeau, who heads Anchorage's Akeela treatment program, says extremely high blood-alcohol numbers are a symptom of a bigger problem: heavy drinkers acclimated to alcohol.