Ninilchik man arrested after chase

Posted: Monday, March 15, 2004

A 38-year-old Ninilchik man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers on Thursday afternoon after he allegedly chased a woman in another vehicle up the Sterling Highway at speeds in excess of 85 mph before being stopped north of the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch.

The incident began at 2:30 p.m. at the Ninilchik Elementary School, according to troopers, where John Kuczmarski, the father of a 6-year-old female student there, allegedly trespassed and began chasing a woman who had her 4-year-old son in her vehicle.

Kuczmarski reportedly attempted to force the woman off the road and caused oncoming traffic to pull to the side of the road to avoid colliding head-on with him.

The woman pulled off the highway at the Clam Gulch Post Office and Kuczmarski passed by, eventually stopping when he saw troopers approaching from Soldotna.

The chase went from approximately Mile 135 to Mile 118, according to troopers.

Kuczmarski was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, reckless driving and criminal trespass. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Trooper Sgt. Jim Hibpshman said Kuczmarski had previously complained to troopers that his daughter had been assaulted by another 6-year-old girl at the school.

Troopers turned the matter over to the Office of Children's Services, which was working with the girls' teacher to resolve the purported conflict, according to Hibpshman.

He said Kuczmarski had been told verbally and by letter from the school principal not to come near the school after Kuczmarski reportedly went to the principal's house at night and became loud and created a disturbance at the school during the school day.

Hibpshman said Kuczmarski was arrested without incident.

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