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Story last updated at 4:27 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Former Homer council member arrested for reckless driving

Alaska State Troopers in Girdwood on Monday arrested a former Homer City Council member for reckless driving on the Seward Highway. Troopers stopped and detained Doug Stark, 76, after numerous motorists made "report every dangerous driver immediately" complaints at about 11:30 a.m. alleging a driver heading south near Indian passed in no-passing zones, passed on corners and forced other drivers to take evasive actions to avoid a collision. When troopers pulled Stark over at Mile 92 Seward Highway near Girdwood, some drivers stopped to provide more information, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters.

No alcohol was involved. Troopers didn't see Stark speeding, but said he passed unsafely. Troopers said Stark told them he was trying to get back to Homer to watch the televised Fiesta Bowl in which Stanford University, Stark's alma mater, was playing Oklahoma State University. Oklahoma State beat Stanford 41-38 in overtime.

Troopers took Stark to the Girdwood trooper post where he was arraigned telephonically and released on his own recognizance. Troopers also cited Stark for passing a parked emergency vehicle.

After he was released, Peters said that at about 3:45 p.m. Stark was involved in a two-car collision near Mile 122 Sterling Highway north of Ninilchik. No one was injured in the crash.