Kenai man crashes truck into Duck Inn

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Hope Community Resources Inc. patient after he stole a truck and drove it into The Duck Inn at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday. Lee Martinez, 29, of Kenai, was transported to Wildwood Pretrial facility where he is being held without bail.

"(Martinez) got into the truck, put it in drive and slammed into The Duck Inn," said Megan Peters, public information officer for Alaska State Troopers. "Then he put it in reverse and slammed into three vehicles. Then he made a sweeping 90 degree turn and hit two more vehicles."

Peters said Martinez was under the supervision of Hope Community Resources Inc., but was able to walk out without notice. Caregivers ran outside when they noticed Martinez was missing to find him in the Duck Inn parking lot.

Peters said the truck was borrowed from its owner and the driver was able to get in through a rear door, extricate Martinez from the vehicle and subdue him in the parking lot.

Martinez is charged with first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree criminal mischief and four counts of third-degree assault.

"All the charges are felonies," Peters said.

An autopsy revealed that the Anchorage man found on the side of the road in Cooper Landing Monday died of natural causes. Alaska State Troopers called in the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) after CPR failed to revive Robert Ingersoll, 51 of Anchorage, who was found unconscious near Mile 46 of the Sterling Highway.

Megan Peters, public information officer for Alaska State Troopers, said some motorists pulled over to the side of the road to help a woman change a flat tire when they discovered that her longtime boyfriend was unconscious.

"They weren't feeling well," Peters said, "so they stopped by the side of the road and camped."

Troopers couldn't find evidence of foul play at the scene of the incident, Peters said, but asked the ABI to intervene because of the odd circumstances in which Ingersoll was found.

"(The incident) involved odd circumstances," Peters said. "The troopers and ABI wanted to be sure."

No charges have been filed and officials are considering their investigation complete.

Jessica Cejnar can be reached at jessica.cejnar@peninsulaclarion.com.



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