Fairbanks fugitive found in Puerto Rico

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who jumped bail in 1998 while awaiting trial on assault charges was returned to Fairbanks on Monday after federal agents found him hiding out in Puerto Rico.

U.S. marshals found Mitchell L. Forzley, 22, living and working in the San Lorenzo area and detained him March 20. Alaska State Troopers left last week to pick him up.

According to court documents, Forzley was arrested June 27, 1998, when he fled from a police officer who tried to pull him over. In a chase, Forzley reached speeds of more than 100 mph and drove directly toward a police car, forcing an officer to take evasive action, police said. An officer spotted Forzley's car outside a trailer and he was found inside hiding under a mattress.

Forzley was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and failure to stop. He was also charged with a violation for not following terms of his probation following a 1995 conviction for first-degree robbery.

While awaiting trial, Forzley was dismissed from a rehabilitation program and he fled Fairbanks. As a result, Forzley was charged with second-degree escape.

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