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Trial date set for man charged with smashing truck into home

Posted: June 13, 2012 - 11:06pm
Travis Logan Lies, 22, was arrested for driving his pickup truck into a residence at 9550 Glacier Highway on Sunday morning causing significant damage to the building and another vehicle parked outside.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Travis Logan Lies, 22, was arrested for driving his pickup truck into a residence at 9550 Glacier Highway on Sunday morning causing significant damage to the building and another vehicle parked outside.

A 22-year-old Juneau man accused of drunkenly driving a Cadillac Escalade pickup into a condo complex early Sunday morning is slated to stand trial in August.

Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave on Tuesday scheduled a jury trial for Travis Logan Lies to begin Aug. 21.

Lies was arrested after allegedly driving his truck into parked vehicle and pushing it into the corner house of a complex located at 9550 Glacier Highway, across from Radcliffe Road in the Mendenhall Valley.

The vehicle came to rest less than 10 feet away from where a resident was sleeping in his bed, according to police reports.

Responding police officers arrived on scene after receiving multiple reports of the crash around 2:30 a.m. and found significant structural damage to the residence, police reports state.

Witnesses told police the driver fled the scene, but JPD discovered Lies was listed as the vehicle’s owner. The police dispatch center gave responding officers a nearby address on Scott Drive where Lies could be found.

Police reports indicate an officer contacted Lies there and that Lies admitted to driving and crashing the vehicle. The officer noted in his report that Lies smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred, and that he had poor balance and “red/watery eyes.”

Lies admitted to drinking and failed field sobriety test, the report says. He blew a 0.113 on a Breathalyzer test, according to the reports. At 0.08, a driver in Alaska is presumed to be legally intoxicated.

When asked why he didn’t call police, Lies responded he was scared and didn’t want to stay at the accident, the police report reads.

Police reports indicate the crash took place the morning after Lies birthday, which is June 9. The crash happened less than 0.2 miles away from Lies’ residence, just two blocks away. Google Maps indicates that’s a four-minute walk.

Lies was charged with three misdemeanors: driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

Court records indicate Lies was arraigned in Juneau District Court over the weekend and has since posted $1,500 bond.

Repeated attempts to contact him at his workplace Tuesday and Wednesday were unsuccessful. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 13.

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

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