Man jailed for driving forklift while drunk

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man pleaded no contest to driving a forklift while drunk and was sentenced to three days in jail.

Police say 20-year-old David Stepp got the forklift from his work late Thursday in an attempt to free two pickups that were stuck in a ditch. Police arrived to find Stepp behind the wheel of the forklift, and both trucks still in the ditch.

According to police, Stepp and a friend both had blood-alcohol levels exceeding the legal limit.

Lt. Matt Soden says operating any motorized vehicle while drunk can lead to a DUI.

Besides the jail time, Stepp must pay a $1,500 fine.



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