Troopers say man drove snowmachine while drunk

A Wasilla man faces felony DUI charges for driving his snowmachine while drunk on the Parks Highway on Wednesday night, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Eric Hunter, 29, did not stop for troopers after they tried to pull him over near Mile 51 around 10:45 p.m. for illegally driving his Polaris snowmachine on a roadway, said Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman.

"He was doing stuff he wasn't supposed to do," Peters said. "He didn't stop, so they just followed him, kept tabs on where he was."

Hunter eventually ditched his snowmachine and headed into the woods, Peters said. A police dog was sent for and the dog located Hunter in a nearby cabin, she said. Troopers obtained a search warrant and found Hunter inside, Peters said.

Responding troopers determined Hunter was intoxicated when driving his snowmachine. He did not have a valid driver's license because of previous charges of driving under the influence.

Troopers arrested Hunter and took him to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. He faces a felony DUI charge and charges for failing to stop at the direction of an officer and driving with a revoked license.

Anchorage Daily News