Kodiak Daily Mirror - ATV leads Alaska wildlife trooper on snowy chase through Kodiak
ATV leads Alaska wildlife trooper on snowy chase through Kodiak
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Jan 11, 2012 | 431 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — Last weekend’s heavy snow snarled travel across the city of Kodiak, but it didn’t keep one ATV driver from leading Alaska Wildlife Trooper Scott Sands on an extended chase.

On Saturday afternoon, Sands spotted an ATV on the street at the intersection of Mission Road and Delarof Street.

According to court documents, when Sands attempted to pulled over the vehicle, it seemed to dodge away before stalling in a parking lot.

As Sands pulled alongside, the driver restarted the ATV and began driving down Mission Road at speeds of more than 40 mph, despite almost a foot of snow. Sands followed with flashing lights, following the ATV as it narrowly avoided accidents with a series of oncoming vehicles.

The ATV eventually turned onto a snow-covered trail near the Kodiak water treatment plant on Spruce Cape Road. Unable to continue the pursuit by car, Sands started running through knee-deep snow to catch up with the ATV, which became stuck about a quarter-mile up the trail.

According to Sands’ description of events, the ATV’s driver kept trying to get the ATV moving even as Sands approached, yelling for him to stop.

When Sands pulled his Taser, the driver stopped working on the ATV. When Sands asked why he didn’t pull over, the driver responded, “Man, I can’t hear nothin’ when I’m runnin’.”

Troopers later identified the ATV’s driver as 45-year-old Scott Lee Timpke. Alcohol tests allegedly showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.119, above the legal limit of 0.08.

On Monday, Timpke was charged in Kodiak Superior Court with failure to stop, felony driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving.

Timpke has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 18.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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