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Ferry passenger indicted for criminal mischief

Posted: April 25, 2012 - 12:05am

A 25-year-old ferry passenger was indicted Friday for breaking a window aboard an Alaska Marine Highway System vessel and another window at the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal in Juneau.

Prosecutors allege Irl A. Fredrickson, caused about $400 in damage to the M/V LeConte solarium port side window and $2,000 to the ferry terminal window in December, according to an affidavit.

Fredrickson is charged with one count of third-degree criminal mischief for damaging the property of Alaska Marine Highway System in an amount of $500 or more. That’s a class ‘C’ felony that can carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

According to an affidavit filed by District Attorney David Brower, one passenger told authorities he saw Fredrickson “head-butting” the LeConte window, which is a tempered glass thick safety window with wire mesh in it. Fredrickson, who boarded the ferry in Angoon with his girlfriend, was escorted off the ferry by crew members, the affidavit states.

Video surveillance shows Fredrickson around the terminal near an RV that was vandalized and a broken double panel window next to the front door of the terminal with a large rock beneath it, according to an affidavit.

The affidavit states Fredrickson admitted to police the next day that he bought a bottle of alcohol during a stop in Hoonah and started drinking on the ferry. He said he slipped on the ferry about the time it was docking in Juneau and that made him mad and upset. He said he remembered being escorted off the ferry, getting lost in the parking lot while his girlfriend was still on the ferry getting the car, then having no idea where he was, the affidavit states.

He said he recalled waking up inside an RV in the terminal parking lot, which was unlocked, and walking toward Glacier Highway where his girlfriend picked him up.

Fredrickson was originally charged with damaging the RV to the tune of $16,000, but that criminal mischief charge never made it passed the grand jury proceedings. It was dropped.

Court records show Fredrickson was arraigned on Monday in Juneau Superior Court.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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