I am not sure that a misdemeanor, as opposed to a felony, bench warrant is going to be enforced in WA. I think it is more likely that you will be made aware of the warrant and told to resolve it. If you are taken into custody on it, AK has a limited number of days in which to transport you back.
Your license will be suspended. All 50 state and the District of Columbia have agreed that they will enforce each other's actions on license suspensions. If a DUI has suspension implications in AK, then TX will honor those. If caught driving in WA on a suspended license, you will be charged with the gross misdemeanor crime of Driving on a Suspended License 3.
Contact the court in AK to see if you can get a hearing date to quash the warrant, then contact a lawyer in Nome.
You will probably not be able to resolve a criminal matter without returning to the court where it is filed. Either way you'll have to hire an attorney in Alaska to help you.
Alaska can extradite you on a misdemeanor warrant. However, Alaska would have to pay the expense for your return. It is unlikely that they would do that. You may spend a couple nights in jail while you wait to find out if you are picked up on a warrant.
The bigger problem is that you're probably facing a license suspension in Alaska. That suspension will be valid in both Texas and Washington. It is a crime to drive on a suspended license in Washington state. Thus, if you choose not to deal with this it will most likely result in more criminal charges and other hardships.
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Legally, they can extradite. Even if they do not, the warrant will cause you problems in other states if you get into trouble there. At a minimum it will increase any bail you would have to post.
If you refused a test, there will be a finding on that, without you there. That may count as a DUI on your record in other states.
You can hire an Alaska lawyer to represent you. That would be very wise.
Texas may well take license action against you based on your DUI in Alaska. A Texas lawyer would know more about that. I believe that until Texas does so, your Texas license would remain valid.
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I agree with other answering counsel. Alaska can extradite you but is unlikely to do so. An additional issue comes to mind when reading your question. How long have you resided in Washington? The DOL (hence local police agencies) is pretty picky about keeping your address up to date and obtaining a Washington license. If you are stopped here, you may be charged with several different offenses. Good luck.
In order to resolve the warrant, you will need to return back to the court from where the warrant was was issued at some point. Alaska can extradite you on the warrant but I doubt they would for this type of case. I think the bigger issue is the license suspension you will face here in Washington due to the warrant. Contact an attorney in Alaska and get it cleared up.