High speed chase ends in crash

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A high speed pursuit started in Sterling and ended in a crash in a residential development outside Kenai this afternoon.

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Photo by M. Scott Moon
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Kenai Police and Alaska State Troopers guard the alleged driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in a high speed from Soldotna to Kenai on Tuesday afternoon. Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said the driver was fired on by a Kenai police officer after the driver attempted to hit an Alaska State Trooper who was out of his vehicle at the north end of Redoubt Avenue.

At 12:55 p.m. the Alaska State Troopers were notified of an erratic driver in a white Chevrolet Equinox seen in the South Scout Lake Loop Road area in Sterling, according to Megan Peters, a public information officer for the troopers.

Peters said the car headed toward Soldotna on the Sterling Highway, turning right on the Kenai Spur Highway into Kenai.

Peters said the driver was weaving in and out of traffic and endangering those on or near the roadway.

"At one point they almost hit a bus," she said, though she could not confirm whether it was a school bus or where the bus was.

"It was very erratic driving, going into oncoming traffic, going off the road, going onto sidewalks and into ditches," she said.

The chase went through downtown Kenai and came to an end when the vehicle, traveling westbound on Redoubt Avenue, turned around as it approached the Spur Highway.

In the process of running back down Redoubt, the driver struck the rear of a Kenai Police car, at the corner of Second Street and Redoubt, ripping off the rear driver's side tire and blowing out the back window.

After hitting the police car, the Equinox struck a power pole and rolled on its side, coming to rest on the street next to the Park Terrace Apartments.

The driver sustained what appeared to be minor injuries while the police officer in the impacted vehicle also sustained very minor injuries.

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