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Woman Arrested for DUI in South Anchorage T-Bone Crash

Published On: Apr 19 2014 04:34:54 PM AKDT
Woman Arrested for DUI in South Anchorage T-Bone Crash

Aaron Weaver/KTUU-TV


A woman has been arrested on a DUI charge after Anchorage police say she caused a T-bone collision involving her pickup truck and a sedan near the Independence Park area early Saturday morning.

According to a Saturday statement from APD spokesperson Dani Myren, police received a call at about 12:45 a.m. about the crash involving 21-year-old Ariel McGrew, at the intersection of Abbott Road and Independence Drive.

Myren says a black sedan at the scene had extensive front-end damage, while McGrew’s gray 2011 Chevy Silverado was lying on its passenger side in the intersection.

“No major or life-threatening injuries were reported, although (McGrew) was transported by APD to the hospital where she was cleared a short time later.”

Myren says that McGrew provided two breath-alcohol content samples during her arrest for a misdemeanor DUI, a 0.183 followed by a 0.175. Both are more than double Alaska’s legal limit for driving of 0.08.

It wasn’t immediately clear Saturday afternoon how many people were in the sedan, but Myren emphasizes that the outcome could have been much worse.

“It’s just by luck, really, that nobody was seriously injured,” Myren said. “When you drive intoxicated, you’re obviously playing a deadly gamble with people’s lives.”

The intersection was briefly closed as police investigated the crash.

Channel 2’s Mallory Peebles and Aaron Weaver contributed information to this story.