Two Men Charged with Child Endangerment in Palmer DUI Stop

Chris Klint Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, cklint@ktuu.com
POSTED: 02:24 PM AKST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 09:35 AM AKST Dec 02, 2013 
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Alaska State Troopers say a Sunday drunk-driving traffic stop outside Palmer led to nearly a dozen charges against two men, including weapons misconduct and multiple counts of child endangerment.

According to a Monday AST dispatch, troopers with the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol pulled over a Ford truck after seeing it weaving on Trunk Road at College Drive.

“Investigation revealed the driver, Joseph Cleaver, age 33 of Palmer, was driving under the influence of alcohol while possessing a loaded firearm in the vehicle with two children under the age of 6 while his license was in revoked status,” troopers wrote. “It was discovered Cleaver had three previous convictions for DUI; two of the convictions were within the last 10 years making this DUI a felony DUI.”

Troopers say a passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old Darren Hildebrand of Anchorage, was also found to be intoxicated. While he wasn’t hit with driving charges, he also stands accused of some of the same offenses as Cleaver.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters didn’t immediately have further details on the case Monday morning.

Cleaver was charged with felony DUI, driving with a revoked license and two first-degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child. In addition, Cleaver and Hildebrand were each charged with one fourth-degree count of misconduct involving weapons and two second-degree counts of counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Both men were remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. Cleaver’s bail was set at $7,500 with a court-approved third-party custodian required for release, while Hildebrand’s bail was set at $1,500.