July 8, 2012

Alaska Man Charged with DUI After Crashing ATV With Daughter in Tow

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In a story that reads like a piece of bizarre fiction, an Alaska man has been accused of driving and crash his ATV while intoxicated, with his 5-year-old daughter in tow, according to a disturbing report from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Sources say that 36-year-old Keri Lee Koch has been charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment for his driving exploits. In addition, officials have charged Koch with reckless assault for his tussle with Alaska State Troopers at the scene of the accident.

The scene at the accident was, in brief, disturbing. A witness who reported the crash said he saw Koch and his young daughter fall to the ground while the ATV continued down the road.

When state troopers arrived on the scene, Koch was reportedly unconscious, but his daughter was conscious and screaming for help.

When medics arrived, sources say that Koch woke up and refused to leave the ambulance in which his daughter was being treated for serious head trauma, despite repeated requests for him to leave by both medics and police.

After he repeatedly refused to leave the ambulance, a state trooper grabbed Koch’s arm to pull him out, and the two fell to the ground after Koch resisted. Soon, though, the trooper was able to place Koch in handcuffs and under arrest, according to the criminal complaint against Koch.

Sources indicate that Koch was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and was later released. His daughter, however, was not so fortunate.

Apparently, the young girl was also taken to the hospital after she was treated for head trauma at the scene and was placed on a ventilator.

The girl’s whereabouts now, however, are unknown, as a hospital employee told sources earlier this week that the girl was no longer at that hospital, and no information about her condition was available at press time.

With his daughter being treated for head trauma, a DUI arrest was likely the last thing on Koch’s mind, but he will soon have to answer for his irresponsible actions.

According to sources, Koch had a blood alcohol content of .108 long after the crash, and he admitted to drinking a “few shots” before climbing behind the wheel of his ATV.

And, given the fact that the accident involved such a young child, and that he was involved in a physical altercation with police after the crash, a court is unlikely to take pity on Koch when it is time for sentencing.

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The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The most commonly used terms are DUI, an acronym for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI, an acronym for Driving While Impaired.
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