Mushers Charged for Abandoning Client

Two dog musher guides face criminal charges after police say they left one of their clients unconscious and barely breathing on a trail during a March excursion that went awry.


49-year-old Darrell E. Harpham and 47-year-old Peggy Billingsley face charges of reckless endangerment.


They were guiding a couple from Georgia back from an overnight trip in the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks when female client Chonticha Tanapornsakul fell behind.


Tanapornsakul's dog team got tangled several times, leading her to request a ride back on Harpham's snowmobile.


She says Harpham continued without her, and she curled up in her sled bag, wearing only a parka.


Police found her suffering from hypothermia and frostbite.