Police capture suspect in multiple burglaries

Father says his son's addiction to Oxy 'devastated our family'

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Police arrested a 20-year-old burglary suspect on an outstanding warrant Tuesday morning at the home of his parents, who said he was an opiate addict.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The Juneau Police Department arrested Brendan Doyle at about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 19500 block of Glacier Highway, police spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell said. Doyle was wanted on an outstanding $5,000 warrant for violating probation.

Doyle eluded police for days and was linked to a number of burglaries in recent weeks across the community, from North Douglas to the Mendenhall Valley. He is also the suspected driver of a stolen car involved in a citizen's car chase Saturday on North Douglas Highway. The driver fled into the woods.

"He's been chased by police on at least three, and probably four occasions," District Attorney Doug Gardner said, arguing to double Doyle's bail at his arraignment hearing Tuesday afternoon. "He's been shot by a Taser on one occasion. And mostly I'm concerned about his safety, I'm concerned about the community's."

Doyle was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on violating probation by failing to maintain employment and a residence. Doyle also tested positive for methamphetamines and opiates after being detained Tuesday morning. Gardner told Judge Ethan L. Windahl he expects to add those violations to his case for revoking Doyle's probation rights in the coming days. Grand jury indictments are also likely to follow, Gardner said.

"I believe that in the next 10 days there will be at least one, if not two, possibly three burglary charges filed against Mr. Doyle," Gardner said in court.

Windahl set bail at $10,000 along with the requirement of a third party custodian because of the potential burglary charges and the failed drug test. As of press time, Doyle was being held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Before the arraignment, parents Terry and Bev Doyle spoke with the Empire about their experience dealing with a son addicted to the prescription pain medication OxyContin.

"He's another tragedy in this epidemic that we've got going on in this community," Terry Doyle said. "He tried very hard to break it."

He spent eight months in a treatment facility in Arizona to break the addiction to the opiate-based narcotic, his father said.

"He was doing great. We made a mistake - we brought him home for Christmas."

Back in Juneau, Brendan was worried about relapsing and decided to take Suboxone, a medication used to negate the intoxicating effects of opiates, his father said.

"The probation department said it's a prescription drug and threw him in jail and refused to let him leave town," he said. "Absolutely, positively refused to let him go back to Arizona."

Brendan Doyle was convicted of burglary in 2008 and spent January through March of this year serving his sentence at the local state prison. Terry Doyle said his son was staying clean, then fell back into addiction one day.

"Oxy seems to be everywhere in this town," he said. "It's devastated our family."

"It's been an emotional roller coaster," Bev Doyle said.

She broke down in tears and said she wants to sincerely apologize to all the families in the community that her son has hurt.

"And I think one day he's going to make these apologies himself because it's not him - he's like a completely different person," she said.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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