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ATV driver arrested in Unalakleet crash

May 19th | Chris Klint, Alaska Dispatch News Print this article   Email this article  

The driver in an all-terrain vehicle wreck near Unalakleet last week has been arrested on charges of manslaughter and DUI in the death of his passenger.

The case against Ransom Bradley III, 24, stems from the Thursday death of Kevin Bradley, also 24. Alaska State Troopers said last week that neither man was wearing a helmet when their four-wheeler "crashed down an embankment at Powers Creek."

A criminal complaint against Ransom Bradley, written by trooper Boyd Branch, said Unalakleet police initially received word of the crash early Thursday and relayed the information to troopers.

Branch said he found Kevin Bradley's body lying next to some ATV tracks on the beach near the Norton Sound community.

A man who had accompanied the Bradleys on their trip told troopers the two showed up at his home intoxicated and persuaded him to visit a cabin near Blueberry Creek, Branch wrote; they split a bottle of alcohol between them, then drove back.

The Bradleys' ATV, he said, was "probably traveling about 40-45 miles an hour," the man told troopers, when it crashed into the roughly foot-deep waters of Powers Creek.

"When (the witness) got there Ransom was yelling (for) help and Kevin was not moving and was under the water," Branch wrote in a summary of the man's account. "(The witness) got the ATV off of them and Kevin never moved."

Ransom Bradley put Kevin on the intact ATV to drive him back, the witness told troopers, but the body likely fell off the vehicle.

Troopers later found Ransom Bradley in a nearby sauna. He was wearing wet clothes, shivering and sobbing, Branch wrote. After being taken to a local health clinic, he told Branch that he wasn't sure how much he'd drank at the cabin or how fast he was going, but that he rated his level of intoxication at an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Ransom Bradley said he might have lost consciousness during the crash, Branch wrote. Troopers obtained a search warrant to draw and test Ransom Bradley's blood, but no results from that test were mentioned in the complaint.

Ransom Bradley was initially wanted on a warrant after the crash, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said, but a statewide inmate database showed him in custody Tuesday at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


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