Man driving truck with 7 children faces DUI charge

Alaska State Troopers car. (Creative Commons photo by Amanda Graham)

(Creative Commons photo by Amanda Graham)

Alaska State Troopers say a 33-year-old Wasilla man was arrested Saturday for driving recklessly while “severely intoxicated” with seven young children — none wearing restraining devices — in his truck.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports troopers said in a statement that a motorist reported a driver they believed to be drunk in Wasilla at 8:43 p.m. Saturday.

The troopers later pulled over a 1999 Ford F-350 truck driven by Kile Thimsen. Troopers say Thimsen’s license had been suspended before the incident.

The newspaper says Thimsen was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving with license suspended and seven counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child as well as seven counts of reckless endangerment.

The newspaper reports that the ages of the children involved and their relationship to Thimsen were unclear.