Alaska: Sonny Iloilo charged with manslaughter for killing 3 in DUI crash; State Troopers report the following DUI arrests as of June 21, 2016; DUI pending for Valerie K. McDole

Alaska State Police on patrol

Alaska State Police on patrol

Alaska State Troopers charged Sonny Iloilo with DUI manslaughter for killing 3 in crash; injured now identified

UPDATE: The other individuals in the van have been identified as Jacob Bernet, 32 of Anchorage, Jesus Hernandez, 66 of California, Sonny Iloilo, 28 of Anchorage, Steven Nyberg, 48, Loelu Siatuu, 26 of Anchorage, Boulay Vilavong, 54 of Anchorage, and Jonathan Merculief, 31 of Unalaska. All passengers with the exception of Merculief had to be transported off of Atka for treatment of injuries.

Investigation revealed that the van was traveling on a straight stretch of road toward the airport. The vehicle drifted off the roadway, and the driver overcorrected when attempting to get back on the road. The over correction caused the vehicle to then roll multiple times. It came to rest on the opposite side of the roadway.

No seatbelts were utilized by the driver or passengers. Speed, impairment of the driver and not utilizing seatbelts are factors in the fatal collision. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Sonny Iloilo. A warrant has been issued for Iloilo on charges of three counts of Manslaughter, six counts of assault in the first degree and DUI.

UPDATE: The deceased have been identified as Ray McCullough Jr., 43, Mike Tunohun Jr., 51, and Paul Nicholas Nesbit, 57, all from Anchorage. Next of kin have been notified. Weather continues to hamper AST’s response into the island community. Investigation continues.

Correction: The passenger van contained one driver and nine passengers. Weather is hampering AST’s response to Atka. Efforts to reach the island community are ongoing. Next of kin notifications are still pending.

On 06/14/16 at about 1806 hours, Alaska State Troopers were notified of a single motor vehicle crash in the village of Atka.  The crash involved a sole passenger van carrying 9 passengers who have been injured as a result of the crash. Three of the passengers have died as a result to injuries sustained in the crash.  Several of the injured parties have been transported to Adak and will later be transported to Anchorage. The investigation continues.


Troopers say booze and drugs DUI charges are pending for Valerie K. McDole who landed her Eclipse in ditch

06/21/2016 — Alaska State Troopers report that on 06-18-16, at 2033 hours, Anchor Point Troopers and Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to a single vehicle collision with injuries near mile 162 of the Sterling Hwy.  Upon arrival Troopers located a silver 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was being operated by Valerie K. Mcdole, age 28, of Anchorage in the ditch.  Witnesses reported McDole lost control of the Mitsubishi at a high rate of speed and failed to successfully negotiate a curve in the roadway just south of Black Water Bend.  The Mitsubishi left the right side of the roadway traveling down the ditch until it struck a raised embankment for a driveway.  The Mitsubishi came to rest after striking the embankment and suffered extensive damage required it be towed from the scene.  McDole and her passenger were both injured and were transported to the Hospital for treatment.  Alcohol and drugs are both factors in this case and charges are expected once the investigation is completed.  Both McDole and her passenger were left at the Hospital due to the extent of their injuries.

Alaska State Troopers report the following DUI arrests as of June 21, 2016

On 6/20/16 at approximately 2250 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of an intoxicated female operating a dirt bike near the intersection of Settlers Bay Dr. and Knik Goose Bay Rd. in Wasilla.  Troopers responded to the area and located the female, Marie Cleveland, age 28 of Wasilla, at a residence near the location of the REDDI report.  The investigation revealed Cleveland was Driving Under the Influence of alcohol.  Cleveland was arrested for DUI and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where she was remanded into custody to be released on her own recognizance once sober.  The dirt bike was released to its owner at the scene.

On 6/20/16 at approximately 2222 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle collision with minor injuries located at Bogard and Tait in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Ryan Wharry, age 18 of Palmer, lost control of the vehicle while attempting to negotiate a corner at a high rate of speed rolling over into a ditch. Wharry was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently arrested on charges of DUI, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and Minor Consuming. Wharry was transported and remanded to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility where he released on own recognizance. An 18-year-old passenger Jacob Chew, age 18 of Wasilla, was issued a citation for Minor Consuming and released.

On 6-18-16, at 1557 hours, Jeremy Williams, age 39, of Kake was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Kake.

On 5-24-16 at about 0623 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Tok responded to a report of a disturbance near milepost 123 of the Tok Cutoff. Investigation revealed that two subjects were engaged in a verbal altercation at a local hotel. Alaska State Troopers were able to locate the subjects driving from the hotel. Subsequent investigation revealed that Edna S. Commack was driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Commack had two adult passengers and one child passenger. E. Commack was arrested for driving under the influence, driving while license revoked, and reckless endangerment.  Commack was transported to the Tok Holding Facility where she was lodged. Commack is charged with felony driving under the influence, driving while license revoked and reckless endangerment.

On Monday, June 20, 2016, Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported disturbance on Moose Run Avenue in Nikiski, involving two males fighting.  Upon AST arrival, a male identified as Kyle Jack, age 42 of Nikiski, was found to have driven a snowmachine to a residence while under the influence of alcohol.  Once at the residence, Jack was instructed by those living on the property to leave.  Jack failed to leave the property and a fight ensued.  Alaska State Trooper investigation into the disturbance resulted in the arrest of Jack for Felony DUI, Driving While License Revoked, Driving In Violation of a License Limitation, Criminal Trespass 1st degree, and Harassment 2nd degree.  Jack was arrested and transported to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was later charged with Felony Breath Test Refusal.  Jack was remanded without bail and his snowmachine was impounded from the scene and seized by AST.

On 6-18-16 at approximately 2121 hours, The United States Coast Guard contacted the Alaska State Troopers to report a possible Boating Under the Influence.  Investigation revealed the USCG contacted the fishing vessel Chaser being operated by Dustin Jones, age 32 of Klawok.  Jones was found to be operating under the influence and taken to the Ketchikan Police Department for datamaster, where Jones refused.  Jones was remanded to the Ketchikan Correctional Center on the charges of Boating Under the Influence and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.

On 6/18/16 at approximately 0032 hours, AST performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on the Glenn Hwy. for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Jay Hamacher, age 49 of Anchorage. Investigation showed Hamacher was DUI. He was arrested and transported to Anchorage Jail, where he was released on his own recognizance.

On 6/18/16 at approximately 1901 hours, AST stopped a Dodge pickup on the Parks Hwy. that had been called in as a REDDI vehicle in Big Lake. The driver was identified as Kenneth Gore, age 20 of Palmer. His passengers were identified as Trenton Burbank, age 20 of Wasilla, and Nadine Braley, age 20. Investigation showed Gore was DUI and Consuming Alcohol underage (MCA). He was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pretrial, where he was released on his own recognizance. Burbank and Braley were also charged with MCA a summoned to appear at a later date.

On 06/19/2016 at approximately 0827 hours Alaska State Troopers contacted Lanny F. Barrett Jr., 22 YOA of Big Lake. Barrett Jr. was contacted in the driveway of a private residence off of W Bryant Rd, after the homeowner called in a welfare check on him as he was asleep in the driver’s seat of his vehicle with the engine running. Investigation revealed Barrett Jr. was DUI and DWLR, and he was subsequently arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, where he was released on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond.

On 6/18/16 at approximately 0906 hours, the Alaska State Troopers contacted 27-year-old Ryan Bernier of Wasilla on a traffic stop.  Investigation revealed Bernier was driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  Troopers arrested Bernier and transported him to the Mat-Su Pre-Trial facility.

On 6/18/2016 at about 1341 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a Ford pickup truck in the ditch on Hollywood Road near Pond Lilly Road.  Investigation revealed Emerson Thompson, age 27 of Wasilla, was intoxicated when he left the roadway.  Thompson was arrested for DUI and was transported to Mat Su Pretrial where he was held on $500.00 bail.

On 6/16/16 at approximately 1832 hours, AST stopped a Saab sedan for a traffic violation near mile 93 Parks Hwy. in Talkeetna.  The driver was identified as Robert Bischoff, age 27, of Wasilla. Investigation showed Bischoff was driving while impaired by alcohol. Bischoff was arrested for DUI and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was released on his own recognizance.

On 6-16-16 at approximately 0309 hours Alaska State Troopers received the report of a single vehicle rollover near mile 238 of the Parks Highway. Investigation revealed that Daniel Stanislavov (age 26 from Florida) had been traveling northbound in his black, 1991, Honda Accord at a high rate of speed. Stanislavov lost control of his vehicle, entered the ditch, and rolled. Stanislavov reported wearing his seatbelt and only sustained minor injuries. Further investigation revealed Stanislavov had been operating the vehicle under the influence and impaired by alcohol. Stanislavov was arrested for DUI and transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was remanded into custody. The vehicle is estimated to be a total loss.