At 9:50 PM on June 5, 2019, a citizen called APD Dispatch to report that a blue Honda Civic had been driven through a residential yard on the 3100-block of South Circle. Shortly thereafter Dispatch received another call of a blue vehicle being driven recklessly on O’Malley near Lake Otis.
At 10:01 PM a citizen called to say he was driving a black Porche northbound on Minnesota, over the C Street overpass, in the left-hand lane when he was rear-ended by a blue Honda Civic. The Honda eventually passed the Porche; the driver of the Porche followed the Honda while calling police. The citizen stated the Honda pulled over on Minnesota just before Tudor. The Honda’s driver got out of the car, dropped his wallet on the ground, appeared to be intoxicated, and then got into the passenger side of a silver Toyota Corolla. The citizen stated he was not injured. Officers looked inside the dropped wallet and saw a picture ID belonging to 41-year-old Reggie P. Joseph. The Porche driver was able to identify the picture of the man on the ID as being the same person who had rear-ended him.
As officers were investigating the collision, Dispatch received a call regarding a disturbance between two males at a home on the 3000-block of W 33rd Avenue which was the address of the registered owner of the Honda Civic. Upon arriving at the home officers contacted Joseph who was standing in the driveway; it was determined that Joseph was the driver involved in the hit and run. Joseph was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Operating Under the Influence, Driving with a Revoked License, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash.
The driver of the Corolla was also present when officers arrived on W 33rd. The driver stated he did not know Joseph, but decided to give Joseph a ride when he saw Joseph pulled over with a vehicle that appeared to be disabled. The Corolla’s driver stated that after they arrived at the W 33rd address, they both got out of the Corolla. The Corolla’s driver stated that is when Joseph started yelling and pushed the driver down the steps of the home. The driver stated he was not injured and did not want to press charges.