Noatak man jailed after shooting at boat

A Noatak man was arrested Saturday after allegedly drunkenly shooting a high-powered rifle at boat passengers on the Noatak River, the Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

The incident happened early Saturday morning, according to Kotzebue troopers.

Investigators said that Jason Booth, 28, got into an argument with people traveling with him in another boat on the Noatak River. A third Good Samaritan boat came along to help, said trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters, which made Booth angrier. The people riding on Booth's boat got off.

Booth then allegedly began shooting his .30-06 rifle at a boat with six adults and four children in it from his own boat, Peters said.

After that Booth tried to follow the other boat but was grounded on a sandbar in the river, ending the chase.

When Booth got off the sandbar he headed back to Noatak, where he was arrested by a Village Police Officer.

No one was hurt in the incident.

It's not clear what the original argument was about, Peters said, but alcohol was a major factor.

Booth has been charged with weapons misconduct, assault, reckless endangerment and a watercraft DUI and is in jail in Kotzebue.

Anchorage Daily News /