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Iditarod winner's wife accused of assault

Posted: January 18, 2012 - 1:01am

ANCHORAGE — Police have arrested the wife of four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner Lance Mackey for investigation of misdemeanor assault after a dispute with a family member at an Anchorage area hotel.

Lt. Dave Parker said Tuesday that 42-year-old Tonga (Tonya) Mackey is accused of hitting a family member identified only by initials L.M. in an altercation that began inside the Millennium Alaskan Hotel and continued into the parking lot Monday night.

Parker says the alleged assault began with a verbal dispute and witnesses called police. He says alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The victim did not require medical aid. The spokesman says Mackey spent Monday night in jail and was arraigned Tuesday in state court on a domestic violence assault count.

A recording on Lance Mackey’s cell phone Tuesday night said he was not accepting calls. The arrest was first reported by KTUU-TV.

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