(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — A 26-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of intentionally killing one dog and injuring several others when his snowmobile crashed into teams of mushers at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Arnold Demoski told the Alaska Dispatch News that he got on his snowmobile after drinking in another village. He says the crash was not intentional adding that he was blackout drunk.
Two Rivers’ Aliy Zirkle and Denali Park’s Jeff King are the mushers who led their sleds as Demoski tried to repeatedly hit them on the Yukon River. King is a four-time race champion.
Demoski will be flown to Fairbanks where he will be held at the Fairbanks jail according to Alaska State Trooper Robert Nunley. The arraignment will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Demoski has been arrested on suspicion of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and six counts of criminal mischief.
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