Crime & Courts

Petersburg teenager pleads guilty to running down deer

A Petersburg teenager charged with intentionally running down deer with a vehicle pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Seventeen-year-old Sebastian Davis pleaded guilty to harassing game and taking game with a motorized vehicle, online records show.

"The guilty plea is the result of an Alaska Wildlife Trooper investigation that showed Davis intentionally struck two deer with his vehicle near Petersburg on February 5th 2018," troopers said in a written statement.

In February, a 5-second video of the incident that had been posted to Snapchat began circulating online. Shot from inside a vehicle, it appears to show deer walking on the side of the road that are then hit by the car, followed by a burst of laughter from the people inside.

Davis was sentenced to $3,000 in fines, 160 hours of community work service and the loss of hunting and trapping privileges for a year. He faces 30 days suspended jail time and will be on probation for a year.

KFSK radio reported that the second teenager, a girl, will be sentenced in June.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.