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APD: Man speeding on Glenn Highway with child in his vehicle was driving while impaired

  • Author: Matt Tunseth
  • Updated: August 26, 2019
  • Published August 26, 2019

A 40-year-old man was arrested on child endangerment charges early Monday after he allegedly drove more than 100 MPH while impaired with a child in the passenger seat on the Glenn Highway.

According to an APD Nixle alert about the incident, Ryan P. Brannon was taken into custody Monday between the Boniface and Bragaw exits off the Glenn in Anchorage. Police said Brannon’s vehicle was first spotted by an off-duty patrol officer near the South Birchwood exit in Chugiak. The officer tried to stop the 2008 silver Ford Taurus, but the driver sped off, police said.

“Minutes later an on-duty sergeant clocked the vehicle driving 101 mph on the Glenn Highway which is a posted 65 mph zone,” police wrote. “The sergeant initiated a traffic stop on the Ford at the McCarrey overpass at which time the driver complied.”

Police said Bannon showed signs of impairment and had an elementary school-aged child in the front passenger seat.

Brannon was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, reckless endangerment and child neglect. Police said the boy was picked up by a representative from the Office of Children’s Services.

The police department is currently adding extra patrols on the Glenn Highway during the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Since the fair began on Aug. 22, the department has made more than a dozen arrests for operating under the influence along the Glenn Highway corridor between Anchorage and the Mat-Su.