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Dad charged in kids' injuries from crash

Charge claims he abetted driver by drinking heavily himself

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2002

A man was arraigned Wednesday in Juneau District Court on charges stemming from a December crash that seriously injured two of his four children.

Travis Nashoanak, 24, was arraigned on four counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and one count of misdemeanor drunken driving. Though he wasn't driving the accident vehicle, the drunken-driving charge stems from aiding and abetting his wife's alleged drunken driving. An innocent plea was entered for him.

Annabelle Nashoanak, 25, is charged with driving the family Suburban into a Glacier Avenue retaining wall Dec. 22 after drinking alcohol. Two of the Nashoanak children were seriously injured.

District Attorney Rick Svobodny established the basis for the charges in a court document:

On Dec. 22, Travis Nashoanak took three of his children to the movies where he allegedly "drank shots to the extent that he passed out a couple of times."

Annabelle Nashoanak, with the fourth child, picked them up after having two drinks, she later told police. The family went to Travis Nashoanak's residence where both parents allegedly continued drinking but decided to "get in the car and look at the Christmas tree lights."

Travis Nashoanak allegedly had a bottle of liquor with him and he and his wife allegedly continued drinking in the vehicle.

Police told Svobodny an eyewitness saw the Suburban traveling at a high rate of speed down Glacier Avenue, hit another vehicle and slam into the retaining wall near Highland Drive.

Annabelle Nashoanak's blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.32, four times the legal limit of 0.08. Travis Nashoanak's level may not have been taken, police said.

Svobodny said Annabelle Nashoanak asked police to arrest her the night of the accident because she said she was driving drunk. Travis Nashoanak told police the vehicle "slid on some black ice" causing the accident.

Annabelle Nashoanak was charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, one lesser felony assault charge, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and misdemeanor drunken driving. She is being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Travis Nashoanak's family attended Wednesday's arraignment and declined to comment on his case. Public Defender Eric Headland was unavailable for comment.

If convicted, Nashoanak could face up to five years in prison. He is being held in prison on a $3,000 bond.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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