Anchorage teen in custody after high-speed chase in stolen car

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager was in custody Thursday after leading Alaska State Troopers on a high-speed chase on the Glenn Highway.

Robert Norris, 18, and a younger passenger were arrested early Tuesday morning in Palmer.

Troopers said Norris forced a patrol car off the highway and kicked an officer in the face.

Just before the 2:17 a.m. arrest, Norris was driving a stolen 1990 Lincoln Continental northbound on the highway. North of the Parks Highway intersection Norris veered into the southbound lane, forcing a trooper to swerve off the road to avoid a collision, according to Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

The officer, Eric Spitzer, pulled around and pursued Norris until the teen crashed the Lincoln into a highway sign and some trees north of the Alaska State Fairgrounds. The Lincoln was totaled.

Norris and the other teen tried to run away but the officer cornered them.

Wilkinson said the teens punched Spitzer, trying to escape, but the trooper wrestled them to the ground. Two more troopers arrived, and the suspects were handcuffed and taken into custody. Both tested positive for alcohol above the legal limit for driving, Wilkinson said.

Spitzer took Norris back to his patrol car. When the trooper reached into the back seat to force him to sit up, Norris kicked him in the face, Wilkinson said.

Norris was being held at Mat-Su Pre-trial Facility on $75,000 bail plus a court-approved third-party custodian. The juvenile, whose name was not disclosed, was taken to Mat-Su Juvenile Facility, where officials would not disclose details of his case, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Norris was charged with felony eluding, driving while intoxicated, driving with a license revoked, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault on a police officer, first-degree vehicle theft and two counts of third-degree assault, one for endangering his juvenile passenger during the car chase.

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