A Ninilchik man was indicted this week on nine counts of assault in the third degree stemming from a drunk driving incident in July.
James Prescott Alms, 37, was indicted on the numerous counts of assault after a grand jury heard the charges Friday.
On July 30, 2007, Alaska State Troopers responded to a call at about 6:30 p.m. on the Sterling Highway. A two vehicle collision near mile 135 of the Sterling Highway was reported as involving multiple injuries.
Troopers reportedly found both involved vehicles blocking the Sterling Highway at the Ninilchik River Bridge. According to troopers, James Alms of Homer was traveling south when he crossed the center line, striking another vehicle driven by William Burris, a 50-year-old tourist from Kentucky.
Burris’s vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Truck, caught fire shortly after the collision and was a total loss. Ninilchik EMS responded and were able to put the vehicle fire out. Neither Burris nor his three passengers sustained injuries at the time. Alms was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released at the scene.
A records check of Alms’ license status revealed it was cancelled in North Carolina. Troopers stated at the time they believed Alms was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the collision and charges of DUI, probation Violation and DWLC are being referred to the Kenai District Attorney’s Office for review. All parties reported wearing their seatbelts at the time. Total damage was estimated at $60,000.
The indictment against Alms names the victims as William Burris, Cory Girdler, Jerry Ikerd, Sr., Jerry Ikerd Jr., Casey Noveske and Anthony Wescott.
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