Man charged with DWI blames accident on dog

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When in a pinch, blame it on the dog.

That's what Donald Davison did after flagging down a trooper near Coyote Trail with his tale of misfortune, authorities said.

Davison, 61, reported that he was driving down Murphy Dome Road on Saturday when his dog jumped in his lap. He said that caused him to drive off the road.

The trooper didn't think the mishap was the dog's fault. He determined that Davison was intoxicated and arrested him. Davison was transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center, his 1997 Dodge Dakota was impounded and his dog was taken to the animal shelter.

Authorities made seven other driving while intoxicated arrests over the weekend. They included David L. Ketzler of Fairbanks who was arrested on a variety of charges early Saturday morning after a traffic violation that led to a DWI charge.

Troopers said they discovered 10.5 grams of marijuana on Ketzler, 44, and a Remington 30.06 behind his seat. He was arrested on charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test, and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.

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