Man Arrested in Connection to Iditarod Crash

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly crashing his snowmobile into two Iditarod mushers early Saturday morning. 

Alaska State Troopers say Arnold Demoski is being held behind bars on two counts of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and six counts of criminal mischief. 

Demoski allegedly told police he did not intentionally drive into the dog teams, but he had blacked out while returning from drinking in another village. 

The crash killed one of Jeff King’s dogs, and injured at least two others.  A dog belonging to musher Aliy Zirkle was also injured. 

The snowmobile narrowly missed King and his sled when it crashed into his dogs at high speed from behind. 

Meanwhile, reigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey leads the 2016 race as mushers moved up the Bering Sea coast.  

Chisholm native Nathan Schroeder is currently in 25th place. 

Teams must take a mandatory eight hour rest at the village of White Mountain, but could reach the finish line at Nome by Tuesday morning. 

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