FAIRBANKS—A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted Arnold Demoski on several charges related to his alleged snowmachine assault on two of the top teams in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Demoski, 26, of Nulato, is accused of deliberately ramming his snowmachine into the dog teams of Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King on March 12 as the mushers were traveling between Koyukuk and Nulato. The grand jury indicted Demoski on three counts of felony third-degree assault and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief Tuesday morning.
One of King's dogs — a 3-year-old male named Nash — was killed in the attack and at least two others were injured. One of Zirkle's dogs sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Zirkle said Demoski reportedly charged her and her team repeatedly over the course of several hours in an early morning attack that she later described as terrifying.
Demoski was arrested later that day and charged with two counts of felony third-degree assault, four counts of reckless endangerment and six counts of fifth-degree criminal mischief. The grand jury indicted him on the felony assault charges and one upgraded count of third-degree criminal mischief. A third felony assault charge was added.
Demoski claims he was blacked-out drunk when the attacks occurred and that he didn't realize his involvement until he woke up, heard what happened and discovered his snowmachine had been damaged.
Demoski is being held on $50,000 bail at Fairbanks Correctional Center. He will be arraigned on his indicted charges in Superior Court Judge Bethany Harbison's courtroom at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Zirkle and King both finished the race, Zirkle in third place and King in ninth place.
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