Troopers: 2 Big Lake residents arrested in DUI stops prompted by citizen reports

Zaz Hollander

Alaska State Troopers over the weekend made two separate arrests of suspected drunken drivers from Big Lake who attracted enough attention that someone called 911.

Troopers say they arrested 33-year-old Melissa J. Schachle on charges of driving under the influence Sunday afternoon while her 2-year-old was in the vehicle. Someone reported her as a possibly impaired driver, they said.

Schachle was also charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor following the traffic stop around 5 p.m. near Mile 54 of the Parks Highway, troopers said in an online release posted late Sunday. She was jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on $1,000 bail. A passenger was also arrested for violating probation.

In a separate arrest Saturday, troopers responded to a 5:15 a.m. call describing a white Ford F-150 pickup crashing into the medians and weaving on Palmer-Wasilla Highway near the Parks Highway intersection, according to a release posted Sunday. They arrested 42-year-old Raymond P. Pendergast Jr. for driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test because he wouldn't provide a breath sample, troopers said. Pendergast was jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on $10,000 bail plus court-approved third-party custodian.

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