ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - One man has been charged and another is dead after the driver of the vehicle allegedly drove his car straight into Lake Hood near the Anchorage Airport.
The incident began early Saturday morning after 1 a.m. Maintenance personnel heard a car revving its engine on a runway near Lake Hood, followed by a splash as the car drove into the lake.
Airport Police responded with a rescue boat, where a man treading water about 300 feet from shore was found. That man, later identified as Anthony Stott, was taken into custody and questioned.
According to Dave Schulling, the Deputy Chief of Airport Police and Fire, Stott was intoxicated and not cooperative. Schulling said Stott's account of events changed between saying there was another person in the car and saying there was not.
Dive teams with the Anchorage Fire Department responded but due to poor conditions, it wasn't until a salvage crew towed the car out of the lake the following morning when the victim was found.
That victim was declared dead after life-saving measures were attempted. He was identified as Anthony Flores.
Stott was arrested initially for DUI, and later charged with manslaughter after the body of Flores was recovered from the submerged wreck.
As to why Stott drove into the lake, and his relationship to Flores, that is still part of the ongoing investigation, Schulling said.