Police say drunken driver causes damage to six cars downtown

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2008

An apparent drunken driver smashed into several parked cars downtown Friday evening, causing chain-reaction accidents that resulted in damage to six vehicles.

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According to Juneau police, Karl Gallow, 22, was driving a 1990 Ford pickup truck at about 9:20 p.m. Friday when he struck a driver in a 1999 Jeep. The driver of the Jeep called police, then followed Gallow, who proceeded to 12th Street and hit several parked cars, police said.

Police arrived to the area near the A Street intersection to see that Gallow had struck a 2005 Mazda, which was pushed into a 2000 Toyota.

Gallow then hit a 1992 Honda, police said, which was pushed into the rear of a 2002 Honda, which was pushed into the rear of a 1997 Jeep. Four of the six vehicles were parked and unoccupied, and each sustained damage estimated at less than $5,000. The 1992 Honda was totaled.

Gallow was arrested and charged with drunken driving and later charged with refusal to take a breath-alcohol test, three counts of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. All charges are misdemeanors.

The three counts of reckless endangerment concerned his passenger and occupants of the first vehicle he allegedly hit.

Gallow was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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