Iditarod frontrunner attacked

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Officials have arrested a suspect who reportedly plowed a snowmobile into two Iditarod dog teams in Alaska.

Investigators say he purposely struck the teams led by mushers Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King this morning (Saturday).

As Nikki Carvajal reports, at least one dog was killed in the incident.

At the time, here's what he said about his team.

(Jeff King, Iditarod Musher): "I got a gorgeous dog team and we had a good time it was fun."

According to a press release from the Iditarod Trail Committee, Nash was killed and several other dogs injured when a snowmachiner ran down the team just outside of Nulato.

A Channel 2 crew spoke with king who said his team was well-lit at the time, and that the incident felt, quote, "very intentional".

He described standing over his dogs as they struggled in pain, with broken limbs and in the throes of death, for one of them.

The deadly attack was actually the second incident of the night.

Musher Aily Zirkle's team first pulled into the Nulato checkpoint and reported she had been attacked and used a wooden trail marker to fight off the snowmachiner, who she says tried twice to run down her team.

King says he picked up part of the broken snow machine and carried it to the checkpoint in his sled, hoping to give it over to investigators as evidence.

26-year-old Arnold Demoski has confessed to hitting the dog teams with his snowmobile.

But he says he was drunk at the time and he is now apologizing.

Media reports say he is facing assault and other charges.

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