Fish & Game commissioner pleads not guilty to DUI

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment charges Monday in District Court.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy set a Dec. 14 trial date, with a pre-trial hearing for Dec. 9. Lloyd was represented by attorney Louis James Menendez.

Lloyd said little after the hearing.

"I do appreciate everybody's concern," Lloyd said. "I am well, thank you."

Lloyd said he had no further comment when asked if he had been attending the wedding of Larry Cotter, the CEO of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association, along with some of the top fisheries representatives in the northwest on Saturday night in Juneau.

Lloyd's vehicle was stopped in the downtown area at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning for expired tags. He additionally was charged with one count of reckless endangerment because he had a passenger in his vehicle.

The JPD officer making the stop determined that Lloyd showed indicators that required a field sobriety test, which Lloyd failed, according to police.

JPD Sgt. David Campbell told The Associated Press that Lloyd was arrested and taken to the police station, where he failed a blood alcohol test, commonly known as a Breathalyzer, by allegedly showing a blood alcohol level of .143.

Juneau city attorney John Hartle confirmed the number.

A person is presumed intoxicated at a blood alcohol level of .08. An individual can decline a field sobriety test and the officer would then have to determine if an arrest would be made and a Breathalyzer would be administered.

A statement from Gov. Sean Parnell's office said swift and appropriate action would be taken if the court system reveals guilt.

"He doesn't manage the fisheries like a drunk," stated Juneau fisheries lobbyist Robert Thorstenson Jr. "He's an incredibly competent commissioner, a fantastic state fishing rights advocate."

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