Crash costs Alaska police volunteers 1 of 2 cars

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Volunteers in Policing program in Fairbanks is cutting its patrols in half after one its two vehicles was hit by an alleged drunken driver.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that volunteer Gilbert Castillo was assisting Fairbanks police Officer Allen Brandt about 3 a.m. Saturday while Brandt was administering field sobriety tests on the roadside.

Castillo was sitting in the passenger side of a sport utility vehicle that belongs to the volunteer program when it was struck by a pickup truck.

Castillo and the pickup driver, who was charged with drunken driving, were treated for minor injuries but both vehicles were totaled.

The volunteers say insurance money likely will not be enough to replace the wrecked vehicle and they are looking for a donation.

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