- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The spokeswoman for the Alaska Senate majority faces driving under the influence and other charges after allegedly striking one woman and bumping another outside the Anchorage legislative offices.

Senate President Kevin Meyer’s chief of staff says Carolyn Kuckertz was placed on leave without pay amid an investigation.

The charging document says police were alerted Tuesday about a driver who’d left the scene after hitting a pedestrian hard enough the woman’s glasses flew off and bumping into another. The first woman was taken to a hospital and released.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says Kuckertz’s vehicle was found outside a daycare where Kuckertz was going to pick up her child, and Kuckertz failed a field sobriety test.

The district attorney says bail was set at $10,000.

The law firm representing Kuckertz declined comment.

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