Borough official arrested on drunken driving charge

Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) The presiding officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a sobriety test.

Assemblyman Rick Solie, an executive with ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., was arrested early Saturday morning by University of Alaska Fairbanks police.

Solie, 43, also was cited on a charge of failing to drive on the correct side of the road, UAF Police Chief Terry Vrabec said.

Solie, reached at home Monday evening, declined to comment on his arrest.

The charges carry a maximum punishment of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. If convicted, Solie faces a minimum three-day jail sentence.

Solie is finishing the third year of his second consecutive term on the assembly and cannot seek re-election this year because of the borough's term limits ordinance.

He has twice been elected the assembly's presiding officer, a job that entails supervising assembly meetings, setting the panel's agenda and communicating with the mayor. Among its duties, the assembly sets the borough's $100 million spending plan.

Solie holds a private-sector job as community and government relations director for ConocoPhillips Alaska, which includes among its holdings a share of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

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