Driver sentenced for assault, seventh DWI conviction

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for two counts of assault and a seventh driving while intoxicated conviction.

Albert ''Ted'' Bowman, 49, was convicted after a plea agreement, of first- and second-degree assault and DWI for driving his pickup truck the wrong way down a boulevard during the early morning hours of July 5 and slamming into a Ford Escort, seriously injuring two women.

Bowman's license was revoked at the time, according to court records, and his blood alcohol level was 0.220, more than twice the legal limit.

Jacqueline Fetherolf, 21, told Anchorage Superior Court Judge Dan Hensley that she suffered bruised ribs and lungs, scars on her shoulders and face, and life-altering eye injuries.

Seven years of the sentence were for injuries caused to Fetherolf's passenger, Gloria Steelman, who was 19 at the time of the crash. She did not attend the hearing.

Hensley ordered Bowman to pay restitution and revoked his driver's license for life.

Bowman, a father of three, apologized to the women and their families.

''I'll never know the pain that I've caused these two girls or their families. But I know the remorse that I have. I think only God and me knows that,'' he said.

Defense attorney William Oberly said Bowman had been sober for about 10 years before the crash. Bowman was convicted of DWI in Alaska in 1975, twice in 1987, again in 1988 and 1990. He was also convicted of refusing to take a Breathalyzer test in 1988, according to court records. He was convicted of DWI in Wyoming in 1981 and has a warrant in Louisiana for a 1987 DWI charge, prosecutors said.

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