Soldotna man rolls vehicle attempting to evade troopers

A 31-year-old Soldotna man rolled his vehicle after refusing to stop for Alaska State Troopers.


On June 30 at 10:28 p.m., troopers from the Mat-Su Bureau of Highway Patrol received REDDI reports of a vehicle driving recklessly, southbound on the Parks Highway.


Troopers located the vehicle, a 2004 Subaru, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, troopers reported. The driver was later identified as Peter B. Dirks, 31, of Soldotna.


The driver sped up to 80 mph, passed a semi truck on the shoulder and swerved into the opposite lane of traffic. He lost control of the vehicle at Mile 51 of the highway, left the north side of the road and rolled several times. The Subaru came to rest on its driver’s side, troopers reported.


Troopers pulled Dirks out of the wrecked vehicle, which caught fire, troopers reported. Emergency responders treated the driver at the scene of the accident and found him to be uninjured but impaired by alcohol.


Dirks was unable to report as to whether or not he was wearing a seat belt.


He was arrested and taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on charges of first-degree failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and driving under the influence of alcohol, with bail set at $7,500.

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