State rejects quote from Alaskan lawmaker after soldier’s arrest

JUNEAU – The state of Alaska has dismissed an open container citation against State Senator Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, after the citing soldier was arrested and charged with sexually abusing children.

Revak was cited in August for driving with an open can of beer in his car. Revak does not drink alcohol, and another state senator in his car, Democrat Scott Kawasaki of Fairbanks, said the can of beer was actually his.

The soldier stopped Revak’s car for driving 66 mph in a 55 mph zone near Sterling. He was not cited for speeding and said he believed the speed limit to be 65 in the area.

Driving with an open alcoholic beverage container in the vehicle is considered an offense less than a misdemeanor. Earlier this month, officials said they were reviewing each of the arrested soldier’s cases individually.

Revak had said he would challenge the summons and was scheduled to appear in Kenai District Court this week.

“I was sort of hoping that I would be able to have the conversation in court. But in any case, I don’t know why they rejected it, ”he said on Monday.

According to online court records, the $ 220 ticket was dismissed Thursday “by the prosecution or prosecution representative.”

“The soldier who issued the summons and had reasonable suspicion of stopping traffic will not be able to attend the scheduled hearing,” said Austin McDaniel, spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety, which oversees the soldiers. .

When a soldier leaves the department for any reason, severe cases may be reassigned to another officer. This does not happen with traffic quotes. There, the rider is the only witness and must be present for the case to progress. Another soldier cannot replace.

“Although the circumstances surrounding this citation rejection are not standard, it is standard practice for Troopers to request the rejection of a citation when the soldier with reasonable suspicion of the judgment cannot attend the hearing. and reprogramming is impossible, ”McDaniel said.

Revak said he intended to donate the money that would have been used to pay for the citation.

“I intend to take the money and donate it to a non-profit organization that has to do with (alcoholic) rehabilitation,” he said, adding that he was still thinking about what group.

Through a spokesperson for the Alaska Senate Democrats, Kawasaki said he would match that donation.

Kevin A. Perras