APD Warns to Never Leave Vehicles Unlocked & Running

Authorities urge citizens to never leave theirs vehicles unlocked and running. An intoxicated man in Anchorage entered an unattended idling vehicle and drove away early Thursday morning.

On November 18th, a citizen called Anchorage Police Department to report the theft of a gold 2004 Cadillac Deville from a business parking lot on the 600-block of East International Airport Road. The citizen stated the theft had just happened, and that they saw the male suspect get into the car that had been left unlocked and running with the keys inside and drove away. That witness followed the suspect in their own vehicle while giving location updates to Dispatch.

Officers caught up to the stolen Cadillac at East 36th Avenue and the Old Seward Highway. Officers stopped the vehicle and blocked it in at the intersection of 36th and Denali. The suspect driver, identified as 56-year-old Sean P. Fitzgerald, was slow to follow commands and had a difficult time walking once he was out of the car. While officers applied the handcuffs, they could smell alcohol on Fitzgerald. The officers drove Fitzgerald to a nearby parking lot where they could administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, however Fitzgerald refused to participate.

Once they were at the jail, Fitzgerald would not give a breath sample. A search warrant was obtained, and Fitzgerald’s blood was drawn. Fitzgerald was subsequently remanded on the charges of Theft in the second degree, Driving Under the Influence, Vehicle Theft in the first degree, and Refusal to comply.