A judge has set a December trial for Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd, who is charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment.
Lloyd and his attorney, Louis James Menendez, appeared before District Judge Keith Levy on Monday, a day after Lloyd's arrest stemming from a traffic stop in downtown Juneau.
Lloyd, 55, was stopped for expired tags early Sunday but failed a field sobriety test administered after an officer saw "signs of possible intoxication," said Juneau Police Sgt. David Campbell. Lloyd took a breath test that registered 0.143 percent, he said.
Lloyd's vehicle was impounded, police said. The legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.08.
According to the officer's report, Lloyd acknowledged "consuming two glasses of table wine." The officer wrote Lloyd had "the odor of alcohol on his breath and person, bloodshot watery eyes and swayed balance." Lloyd's wife was with him in the vehicle.
The charges against Lloyd are both misdemeanors, according to the report.
Levy prohibited Lloyd from drinking alcohol while the case is pending but did not impose bail or set travel restrictions.
Lloyd, who arrived to court early in a suit jacket, tie and blue jeans, declined to comment. Menendez also said little to reporters.
Menendez requested the judge set the later trial date, citing timing of another case he's working on.
So far, Gov. Sean Parnell is standing behind Lloyd, who was appointed commissioner in 2007 by then-Gov. Sarah Palin and has had a decades-long career in research management.
Parnell noted in an interview with KINY radio Monday that Lloyd is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
The governor said he would "take swift and appropriate action once the court system or due process reveals a little bit more, in terms of the facts, to me."
"Certainly I don't think that reflects well on an individual or an administration," Parnell said of the situation. He said he's taking it seriously but believes in the constitution and will "stand by it."