Alaska State Troopers at 12:23 a.m. received a report from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center of an SOS signal in the China Poot Lake area coming from a SPOT beacon owned by a 57-year-old Kenai man. Due to the terrain the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson was contacted and requested to assist with the recovery. An RCC helicopter and C-130 airplane responded to the area from Anchorage. At 7:50 a.m. RCC notified troopers they had located both individuals and were transporting them to the Homer Airport. Troopers responded to the airport to interview them. Troopers said the Kenai man was hiking with a 55-year-old Amherst, N.H., woman and they had had lost the trail around China Poot Peak and could not relocate it. The couple were uninjured.
Troopers at 9:33 p.m. went to a single-car rollover at Mile 154 Sterling Highway. The crashed vehicle also had been called in as the subject of a “report every dangerous driver immediately” complaint just prior to the crash. Troopers arrived on scene as the driver of the crashed vehicle, a red 1993 Jeep, was leaving the scene as the passenger in another truck. Troopers stopped the truck a short distance away and contacted a 44-year-old Anchor Point man they said drove the Jeep. Troopers said the man drove drunk and arrested him for driving under the influence. A passenger in the Jeep declined medical treatment and was released on scene.
Troopers at 11:27 p.m. contacted a 32-year-old Homer man during a traffic stop at Mile 158 Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. Troopers said the man drove while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and arrested him for DUI.
He was subsequently arrested for DUI and remanded to the Homer Jail.
Troopers at 10:44 a.m. received a report of an injured hiker on the Upper Winner Creek Trail near Girdwood. Troopers said a 61-year-old Homer woman sprained her ankle on July 31 while hiking. The woman and her group spent the night on the trail in hopes of resting the ankle and were going to attempt to hike out on Aug. 1, but the woman could not bear any weight on her ankle and requested assistance. Girdwood Fire Department responded to the location of the injured woman and help her get back to the trailhead. A friend took the woman to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Troopers at 4:06 p.m. stopped the driver of a silver Jeep Cherokee on the Sterling Highway near Dimitri Avenue in Anchor Point for not wearing a seatbelt. Troopers said the driver, a 23-year-old Eagle River man, had a suspended license, and they arrested him for driving while license suspended.
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