Reckless driver out of hospital, if not trouble

Posted: Monday, October 09, 2006

Kenai police are continuing their investigation into a Nikiski man’s reckless driving spree that left several blocks of Kenai’s Willow Street in shambles Saturday.

Sgt. Randy Kornfield on Sunday said charges have not yet been brought against Robert Mamaloff, 21, of Nikiski, but the investigation is continuing.

Mamaloff was reported to have started his trek of destruction at the Kenai Municipal Airport around 4 p.m. Saturday, smashing up parked cars and chain barriers, before turning right on Willow. At the intersection of Willow and Fildago he drove his 1994 Ford F-350 pickup across the fire department’s lawn and smashed into a light pole so hard it broke off at ground level.

From there he again sped off down Willow toward the Kenai Spur Highway. He turned into the Willow Street Mall parking lot, where he damaged more parked vehicles and slammed into another light pole. This one he hit so hard it ripped the pole’s cement anchor out of the pavement and the truck became high-centered on it.

Mamaloff was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital. No one else was injured.

Kornfield said Sunday that security cameras at the airport recorded part of Mamaloff’s activity there. It now appears that he drove into the short-term parking lot, hit the parked vehicles and drove out again, rather than his truck being parked there.

Kornfield said Mamaloff has been released from the hospital and he expected charges will be filed by the end of the week.

Jenny Neyman can be reached at

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