Trooper crashes on black ice

An Alaska State Trooper escaped injury last Thursday night when he rolled his patrol vehicle while responding to a report of a disturbance at a Knob Hill home near Nikolaevsk. At about 11:50 p.m. Oct. 24, Trooper Richard Chambers hit a patch of black ice on the Sterling Highway near the North Fork Road, spun in the road and left the west side of the highway before rolling. The car landed upside down at the bottom of an embankment and in a swampy area. Water began filling up the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Chambers escaped his car vehicle through the driver’s door window. Chambers wore his seat belt and was not injured in the wreck. Damage to the department vehicle was estimated at $10,000.

Chambers had been responding to a report of a man brandishing a firearm at a Knob Hill Road home. The caller said a man came to his home, appeared confrontational and intentionally displayed a pistol by moving his coat to show he was armed. The suspect was gone when troopers arrived. Troopers determined no assault had occurred.