Anchorage man dies trying to elude police

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 30-year-old Anchorage man died Thursday after his car crashed into a pickup truck as he tried to elude police.

James Michal was pronounced dead at Alaska Regional Hospital, where he was taken after the accident, police said.

An officer spotted a Pontiac Grand Am driving downtown without its lights on at 12:40 a.m., police said. The officer did not try to stop the vehicle but it sped away.

The officer was carrying a prisoner in the back seat of his patrol car and watched as the Grand Am ran three red lights. Two other officers activated their overhead lights in an attempt to stop the car but did not pursue.

The Grand Am ran into the passenger-side door of a Chevrolet pickup truck after running a red light at Sixth Avenue and C Street.

Three people in the pickup were hospitalized. The driver was 21-year-old Michael Nerup of Palmer.

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