Car chase spans 8 miles

Driver says he didn't know that police, troopers were after him

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2008

Franklin Shor, 27, of Sterling, led police on an 8-mile long pursuit from Mile 5 of the Kenai Spur Highway to the intersection of Bridge Access and Kalifornsky Beach roads early Friday morning.

According to an Alaska State Trooper press release issued Saturday, a trooper vehicle from the Soldotna post attempted to stop Shor after his pickup truck made a minor traffic violation at approximately 4 a.m. Friday.

Shor did not pull over and continued north on the highway entering Kenai at speeds between 35 and 40 miles per hour before turning onto Bridge Access Road, ignoring the trooper vehicle and two units from the Kenai Police Department who joined in the pursuit.

Troopers and Kenai Police officers pulled Shor from his vehicle at the intersection of Bridge Access and Kalifornsky Beach roads and arrested him for eluding officers.

Shor is incarcerated at Wildwood Pretrial Facility, his bail is set at $500.

According to the press release, Shor has a history of mental illness and has made threats against law enforcement officers in the past. Shor's sister reported the pickup truck stolen in November, but additional charges against him pend further investigation because Shor says he purchased the vehicle.

Shor said he didn't stop because he didn't know the police cars were trying to stop him.

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