Motorist surrenders after 54-mile chase in Glennallen area

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old man surrendered to Alaska State Troopers after leading them on a 54-mile chase on the Glenn Highway, troopers said.

Nicholas Petranovich of Eagle River stole a pickup truck in Anchorage and was driving it north on the Glenn Saturday, according to trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. Fourteen miles west of Glennallen, Trooper Dennis Dupras tried to pull Petranovich over for speeding, but Petranovich continued driving, Wilkinson said.

Dupras radioed for another trooper to place a spike strip on the highway in Glennallen but Petranovich drove through before the strip was dropped. The two troopers followed him for 40 miles after he turned north on the Richardson Highway.

Petranovich turned onto a trans-Alaska oil pipeline access road, crashed into a parked vehicle and ran into the woods, Wilkinson said. Troopers called for backup from the Special Emergency Response Team in Anchorage. Three troopers and a K-9 dog were flown by helicopter to the scene.

Scott Johnson, K-9 training supervisor, said his team hiked into the camp and called for the man to surrender. Petranovich complied without incident, he said.

Petranovich was taken to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer and held on previous warrants. Charges are pending against him for Saturday's incident, troopers said.

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