Pipeline shooting suspect indicted

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man accused of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline last week was indicted Friday by a Fairbanks grand jury.

Daniel Carson Lewis was indicted on charges of criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and assault in the third degree.

All three charges are felonies and carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and fines of $150,000. Lewis also could be made to pay restitution to the oil companies and the state.

Lewis also faces charges for oil pollution and weapons misconduct, said Assistant Attorney General Kevin Burke. Those charges don't need grand jury approval. The additional charges could add two years of extra jail time and an extra $10,000 in fines.

Additional federal charges may also be brought against Lewis, Burke said.

The shooting caused a spill of about 285,000 gallons of oil from the pipeline. Cleanup at the site, about 75 miles north of Fairbanks, continues.

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