Northway elder struck by dart

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Roy Sam was standing between his truck and a gas pump Thursday at a Fairbanks service station when the Northway elder felt something prick his calf.

When he looked down, he was surprised to find a small dart.

''I pulled it out and I could see the blood was spurting out,'' said Sam, 69.

Fairbanks Police believe the 3-inch dart was most likely propelled with a blow gun, but they have no suspects.

Lt. Dusty Johnson said darts fired from such guns can travel 300 feet per second and be accurate at 50 to 75 feet.

''It sounds like a pretty random kind of thing,'' said Officer Stewart Lewis, who investigated the incident.

Avis Sam drove her husband to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was treated at the emergency room and released about 90 minutes later. He then went to a clinic to have blood drawn to make sure the dart carried no poison.

''His leg started to swell up, so they advised him to stay in town,'' Avis Sam said.

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