Levelock man faces DUI charge after kids hurt in 4-wheeler, snowmachine collision

Tegan Hanlon

A Levelock man faces a DUI charge after he crashed his four-wheeler into two children who were on a snowmachine and sled, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers received a report around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday that Ryan Andrew, 22, showed up drunk at a Russian New Year's celebration in the Southwest Alaska village Monday night and "was driving around the village recklessly," according to Beth Ipsen, trooper spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, a 9-year-old and 6-year-old were headed home from the celebration, Ipsen said. The older child drove a child-sized snowmachine and pulled the 6-year-old on a sled.

The 9-year-old spotted the headlights of Andrew's Honda 500 ATV at one of the village's main trail intersections near the Russian Orthodox Church, Ipsen said. He stopped to let Andrew pass.

Instead, Andrew drove around the corner, hit the snowmachine and ran over the sled, she said.

"The 9-year-old was knocked off and into a snowbank," Ipsen said. "Luckily, the kids only received a couple bruises. Andrew didn't stop to check to see if the kids were OK and kept driving."

A trooper arrested Andrew at his home Tuesday morning and took him to King Salmon jail. He was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident and reckless driving.

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