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On Sunday March 24, 2019 at approximately 1:22 a.m. the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office was notified three individuals driving a vehicle on the Minidoka/Arco Road in southeastern Blaine County, Idaho had become stuck in the mud and snow.
Nicholas Carson, age 33, Isaac Chatterton, age 35, John Lucchese, age 34, all of Pocatello Idaho, initially had requested assistance from a friend. After spending approximately 18 hours in the desert, the threesome contacted 911 because they were cold, running low on fuel, and had no food or water.
It was determined the best way to access these stuck individuals would be by snow machine coming in from the Arco area. At 10 p.m. a four person team made up of deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and members of Blaine County Search and Rescue unloaded snow machines at the north end of Minidoka/Arco Rd. near Arco and began searching. The three occupants of the stuck vehicle were located an hour and a half later approximately 27.5 miles south of the Hwy 26 / 3100 West intersection and the Arco Airport. All three occupants were transported out by snowmobile. There were no reported injuries.
Sheriff Steve Harkins would like to remind everyone that many of these roads are still impassible and it’s important to use good judgement so you don’t end up stranded.
Sheriff Steve Harkins
Posted March 25, 2019 5:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536 End.###