Crime & Courts

Off-duty Anchorage police officer arrested on DUI charge

An Anchorage police officer was arrested early Saturday morning on a DUI charge after, police say, he drove with a blood alcohol level 1 1/2 times the legal limit.

Police said officer Jeremy See, 25, was pulled over on the Glenn Highway near the north Eagle River exit around 12:30 a.m. by an off-duty Alaska state trooper. The trooper reportedly called Anchorage police to report he was driving behind a Chevy pickup that was speeding and not staying in its lane.

When on-duty Anchorage police officers arrived, See initially refused to get out of the vehicle or participate in a field sobriety test, police said. He was charged with operating under the influence and taken to the Anchorage jail.

“See was off-duty at the time and driving his personal vehicle,” police said. “See has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations.”

See is the second Anchorage police officer arrested this month, following the arrest of patrol officer Andres Ornelas on Aug. 3. Ornelas is charged with sexual abuse of a minor stemming from accusations he abused a 14-year-old relative of his then-girlfriend.

“The Anchorage Police Department has very high standards for its officers both on and off duty, and this kind of behavior will not be tolerated," Chief Justin Doll said in a statement.