Snowmobiler charged in doctor's death

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A 20-year-old Ambler man was charged with second-degree murder in the collision death of an Anchorage doctor whose dog sled was rammed by the man's snowmobile in November.

Alaska State Troopers said Patrick Ticket had been drinking, smoking marijuana and using cocaine the day he collided with 53-year-old Roger Gollub on a trail near Kotzebue.

Gollub, a pediatrician who treated Alaska Native children, was making his first sled dog run with a team owned by Tracy Schaeffer, a local musher who rode in the sled.

Schaeffer was severely injured, but has since returned to Kotzebue.

Authorities couldn't find Tickett in Kotzebue to arrest him on Friday, and said he has family in Anchorage.

Tickett's passenger, 20-year-old Clarissa Cleveland, was not charged.

After the collision, Tickett and Cleveland headed back to Kotzebue to look for help.

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