Wasilla teen-ager arrested in Canada

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla teen-ager wanted for violating conditions of his release was taken into custody Tuesday after running out of gas near the Canadian border, Alaska State Troopers said.

Andrew Coffman, 18, was arrested after he was spotted hitchhiking on the Alaska Highway near the border between Port Alcan and Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory.

Coffman was released on bail Feb. 15. He was wanted for violating the conditions of his release for making contact with a woman he was ordered to stay away from.

Coffman was charged with attempted murder last month in the shooting of 75-year-old Mary Rogers at her Wasilla-area home, troopers said.

He was driving near the border Tuesday afternoon when he ran out of gas. Customs officials spotted the car and ran the plates and found out the car belonged to Coffman's father.

A trooper, working in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was able to convince Coffman to give himself up. He was found to be carrying a 44 caliber handgun, troopers said. Coffman was being escorted back to Wasilla.

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