Lost snowmachiner arrested after collision with pregnant woman

Casey Grove

A villager in Southwest Alaska faces drunken driving charges after slamming his snowmachine into another snowmachine carrying a pregnant woman early Tuesday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said in a written statement that Dennis Alakayak, 47, was riding with a small group of snowmachiners traveling from Dillingham to Alakayak's home village of Manokotak, about 20 miles to the west. At about 3:30 a.m., someone in the group radioed the village to say the seven people on four snowmachines were lost, troopers said.

A small search party located the lost group, which was parked on the trail when Alakayak's snowmachine slammed into the back of another snowmachine, troopers said. A woman six months into her pregnancy said her back had been injured in the wreck, but a doctor later found her to be uninjured, troopers said.

Troopers said Alakayak, who was carrying a bottle of alcohol, was arrested and charged with drunken driving, importation of alcohol to a dry village and reckless endangerment. He was taken back to Dillingham and jailed, troopers said.


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