Drunken driver trying to scare man strikes boy, troopers say

Casey Grove

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the defendant pleaded guilty. She has not.

A drunken Emmonak woman driving an ATV slammed into a teenager walking on a road in the Western Alaska village Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Lilly Yupanik, 20, was one of four people at a party who drank about three gallons of homebrew alcohol, according to a charging document filed in court Friday. Yupanik left the party when a fight broke out, then saw her brother on a red Honda ATV, which she decided to drive, the charges say. Yupanik had been walking earlier with a man who'd angered her, and while she headed down Delta Street on the ATV, she saw him again and drove at him, troopers said.

Yupanik apparently wanted to scare the man, but instead she hit a 17-year-old boy walking on the other side of the road, injuring his legs, troopers said. Yupanik kept driving, and the boy was later flown to a hospital in Bethel.

Police found Yupanik waiting to turn herself in at the Emmonak Police Department. She told them she'd driven drunk and that driving toward the man had been intentional, troopers said.

"Lilly stated that she was going fast and that she thought the person would move, but he didn't," the charges say. "Lilly stated that she bumped the person and then continued to drive around the corner to her house, where she got off the Honda and walked to the police department to turn herself in."

Yupanik failed field sobriety tests and tests of her breath showed her blood-alcohol content at 0.208, above the legal limit to drive of 0.08.

Yupanik's court record shows a string of four citations for underage drinking in the last two years.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

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