Police charge hikers with endangerment

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a pair of hikers who spent a night on a mountain trail with a 6-year-old have been charged with reckless endangerment.

Police took at call at 2:23 a.m. Saturday from the child's mother, who said her husband, brother and child had not returned from a hike up Flat Top Mountain.

The three had begun hiking at 6:30 p.m. Friday and wore light clothing.

Police organized a search that included an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter, but before the helicopter was launched, officers on the ground found the lost hikers just before 5 a.m. Saturday.

Police say 34-year-old Byron Pastinak and his brother, 31-year-old Ken Pastinak, were drunk.

They were held at Anchorage Jail with bail set at $500.

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