Unalaska police blotter: Speeding toward a hot tub appointment

Traffic Crime - Officers received an anonymous complaint of a vehicle speeding. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and driver in question. The driver was apologetic and said he was in a rush home to start “hot tubbing”. The driver was advised not to speed in the future. 

Suspicious Person/Activity – Caller reported a suspicious-looking van parked in a parking lot. An officer responded and found a man employed by UAF, working on equipment designed to track tectonic plate movements.

Welfare Check – Caller reported a drunken man lying on the ground at the Alyeska boat launch. The man, who sat up laughing when contacted by an officer, said he was waiting for a friend to pick him up.

Noise Disturbance – Bunkhouse tenant complained about noise from a neighboring room. An officer contacted the neighbor, who had fallen asleep with his TV on, and advised him of the complaint.

Domestic Disturbance – Officers responded to a residence from which a hang-up call, with yelling in the background, had been received. A man and his mother-in-law were arguing loudly but there was no indication that any physical violence had ensued. The man opted to leave for the remainder of the day.

DUI – Juan I. Torres, 42 yoa, of Unalaska, was arrested for Driving under the Influence after an officer observed him utilizing the entire roadway for his driving endeavors. Torres told the arresting officer that he had simply gone out to get more beer.

Traffic Roads – A driver who parked and left his vehicle squarely in the middle of an intersection, prohibiting access through and beyond said location, was issued a citation.

Public Safety – Caller reported two men walking in the roadway on the South Channel Bridge, creating a hazardous situation for both themselves and passing motorists. An officer contacted the men and suggested they use the sidewalk conveniently located next to the roadway.

Assistance Rendered – Father requested assistance cutting the lock of his daughter’s bike, which had been stolen, again, repainted and then chained to a post. Officers confirmed that the bicycle was in fact his daughter’s, and documented the incident per his request.


Read further highlights from the police log of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety via the Dutch Harbor Telegraph. For background on the UDPS police blotter, see "Unalaska police blotter makes for great Alaska literature" (KTUU, Feb. 16, 2012) and "Dutch Harbor: The police blotter read 'round the world" (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 5, 2009)