Trooper OK following rollover accident

An Alaska State Trooper is not injured following a rollover accident on the Sterling Highway late Thursday night.

Trooper Richard Chambers was making an emergency response at 11:53 p.m., to a disturbance at a Knob Hill Road home near Nikolaevsk when he hit a patch of black ice on the Sterling Highway near North Fork Road, according to a trooper dispatch.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said because Chambers was responding to a gun call to backup another trooper, he was traveling faster than the speed limit with lights and sirens on.

The patrol vehicle spun a few times on the road before going off the west side and rolling. The vehicle stopped upside down at the bottom of an embankment in a swampy area. Water began filling in the passenger compartment of the car, but the trooper, who was wearing his seatbelt, was able to escape through the driver’s door window. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000, according to the report.

“We are very fortunate that Trooper Chambers was not injured,” Peters wrote in an email.

Troopers that did respond to the Knob Hill Road report of a man arriving at another man’s home and brandishing a pistol at him determined no assault occurred. The resident told troopers the suspect had intentionally displayed the gun to show the man he was armed but had not brandished the pistol. The suspect was gone when troopers arrived, according to the report.

— Staff report

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