Anchorage man gets six years for drunk driving, assault

Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for driving drunk and injuring a man.

William Theisen, 38, slammed his pickup truck into oncoming traffic March 23.

Theisen, convicted twice of driving while intoxicated in 1998, bought a half-pint of vodka and drove out of a liquor store parking lot without his lights on the night of the accident. He swerved into a vehicle and injured driver Pepeson Afatia. Afatia's son Joshua was a passenger.

Theisen was driving without a license and had a blood alcohol level of 0.232 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.10 percent. He told police he had consumed a half-pint of vodka before going to the liquor store, court documents said.

An Alaska law enacted in 1995 makes a third DWI charge within five years a felony.

''I know what the problem is,'' Theisen told Superior Court Judge John Lohff at his sentencing hearing. ''All I can say is that I'm sorry that it happened.''

Lohff sentenced Theisen to three years in prison for the DWI charge and six years for assault. The sentences will run concurrently, Lohff said.

Theisen was ordered to pay restitution to Afatia, who suffered neck and head injuries. He also must abstain from drinking alcohol and undergo a mental health assessment.

Theisen's license will be revoked for five years, Lohff said.

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