In a ruling handed down Friday, the state's highest court has upheld the lifetime drivers license
revocation for a former Fairbanks resident convicted of killing a 13-year-old boy in a high
profile 2005 drunk driving case.
Eugene Bottcher pleaded no contest to Manslaughter and other charges connected to the late
May, 2005 incident that killed Saul Stutz in the Goldstream Valley.
The 69 year old Bottcher is currently serving a 20 year prison term.
Bottcher had appealed the lifetime revocation, stating that it was "excessive."
The young boy and his nine year old brother were riding bicycles in the grass along a ditch at
the side of Goldstream Road, when Bottcher's Ford F-350 pickup truck approached, left the
road, and struck Saul Stutz from behind as his brother looked on.
Fairbanks resident Dale Pomraining witnessed the incident.
In a 2005 interview with News Center 11, he says Bottcher kept driving after hitting the
boy, prompting him to follow.
Once he caught up with Bottcher, Pomraining said it was "obvious" he was intoxicated.
He says he then told Bottcher to "return to the scene of the incident."
"You know what you did," Pomraining told Reporter Darryl Lewis. "And then he (Bottcher)
takes money out of his pocket and said..."forget about it," but I said you have to go back
there. I saw you run over that boy."
According to Alaska State Troopers, at the time of his arrest, Bottcher's blood-alcohol content registered .237, over
three times the legal limit for driving in Alaska.