Alakanuk Woman Jailed on DUI/Assault Charges after Hitting Six-Year-Old Child on Bike

An Alakanuk woman was arrested on DUI/Assault charges after she was driving under the influence and struck a six-year-old on a bicycle on Monday, troopers revealed.

40-year-old Joanne Leopold was driving under the influence while driving a four-wheeler in the southwest Alaska village of Alakanuk when she ran into the child causing minor injuries.

After it was reported, Alaska State Troopers requested that the Alakanuk Police Department respond to the incident. As a result, Leopold was placed under arrest and transported to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel on charges of DUI and Assault III.

Alakanuk is a community of approximately 650 residents located at the east entrance of Alakanuk Pass, the major southern channel of the Yukon River, 15 miles from the Bering Sea and 162 miles northwest of Bethel.

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