At 1:56 AM on June 24, 2019 a citizen called APD to report a yellow cab that was being driven recklessly. The caller stated the cab driver did a U-turn in the middle of Lake Otis, drove up on the sidewalk, and then sped down the roadway. As officers responded to the area, several more citizens called in reporting the same type of driving behavior. One stated the cab driver side-swiped several vehicles at Lake Otis and Lore and reported the cab’s front tire was blown out. Another caller stated the cab driver hit a stop sign at O’Brien and Lore. Dispatch then received a call that the driver had parked the cab on Zion Court and ran from the area on foot.
Officers converged on the area and located the damaged empty cab. The cab had a trail of fluid behind it which led back to a knocked-over sign and a parked vehicle which had been struck. A tenant from an apartment building on the 7500-block of O’Brien Street told the officers they had heard noises from the backside of the building. Officers headed that direction on foot and could smell a strong odor of alcohol in the area. The officers gave several announcements which went unanswered. Officers continued walking then spotted the driver lying flat on his back under a tree. After the officers found him, he complied with instructions and was taken into custody.
62-year-old Richard J. Galang refused to participate in SFSTs (standardized field sobriety tests). After being transported to the Anchorage Jail for further processing, Galang refused to cooperate and was verbally disruptive. Galang was charged with Operating under the Influence, Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, Reckless Endangerment, two counts of Criminal Mischief, two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Resisting Arrest.
No injuries were reported.