Anchorage liquor lobbyist begins sentence for fifth DWI conviction

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former president of the Anchorage group that lobbies on behalf of bars, liquor stores and restaurants has begun serving 240 days under electronic monitoring following his fifth conviction for driving while intoxicated.

Frank Dahl, 56, was the president of the Anchorage Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant, and Retailers Association until his resignation Feb. 6 after his most recent DWI arrest. He also stepped down as a board member of the statewide CHARR.

Dahl pleaded no contest Feb. 15 to a charge that he drove while drunk December 3.

Dahl said Wednesday his monitoring allows him to leave home under certain conditions. He is still working as owner of Blues Central at Chef's Inn in Anchorage.

In addition to the electronic monitoring, Dahl must pay $5,075 in fines and $1,000 to cover monitoring costs, surrender his driver's license for five years and complete an alcohol treatment program. He also is on probation for 10 years.

Anchorage police arrested after he was seen driving a company Audi without headlights. His blood alcohol concentration was 0.219, almost three times the legal limit.

''I admitted to my mistake,'' Dahl told the Anchorage Daily News. ''I'm getting treatment, and I'm never going to let it happen again.''

Dahl was convicted of DWI in Alaska in 1973 and 1976. He also has DWI convictions in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dahl has volunteered to take Naltrexone, a drug that can help reduce alcoholic cravings, he said. He has supported use of the drug for other DWI offenders and ''I am trying to see if it'll help me,'' he said.

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