Lindsay Kavanaugh, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, pleaded guilty last month to refusing to take a breathalyzer test after she was stopped last summer on suspicion of driving under the influence near Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula in July.
She originally was charged with: Criminal Mischief 5 – Tamper W/ Property; Driving While Under The Influence – Alcohol Or Controlled Substance; and Refusing To Submit To Chemical Test.
On Dec. 13, the prosecutor requested the first two charges to be dismissed, and Kavanaugh pleaded guilty to the third charge. An order to install a device in her car that requires her to take a breath test for alcohol before the car will start was ordered by the judge. Kavanaugh’s attorney was Eric Derleth, of Kenai and Anchorage. As part of the judgment, Kavanaugh was given a $2,000 fine that was reduced to $1,485.
Troopers stopped Lindsay Kavanaugh at 1:20 am on July 2, 2022 for a moving violation south of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway. She was taken to a Trooper post for a breathalyzer, which she refused to take, and she unplugged the equipment, the report says. Must Read Alaska sources said she was also unruly; she ultimately was arrested for fifth-degree criminal mischief and remanded at the Wildwood pretrial facility in Kenai.
Kavanaugh has been the executive director of the party since 2019. She was a senior advisor to then-Sen. Mark Begich from 2009-2014, and served as an aide to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee before moving to Alaska to take over the Alaska Democratic Party post, which had been left empty after Jay Parmley left the state for career opportunities with the Democratic Party in South Carolina.