Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Two Rivers Man Leads Alaska State Troopers On High-Speed Pursuit
He successfully got away by driving up the exit ramp of the Richardson Highway at Badger Road, but was spotted walking in the area a short while later, according to court documents.
FAIRBANKS — A Two Rivers man allegedly led Alaska State Troopers on a more than 100 mph chase early Saturday morning while high on marijuana. He successfully got away by driving up the exit ramp of the Richardson Highway at Badger Road, but was spotted walking in the area a short while later, according to court documents.
A trooper tried to stop Brian James West, 20, about 12:30 a.m. on Holmes Road. He had a damaged muffler and was driving 48 mph in a 40 mph zone, troopers said. Instead of stopping, troopers said West sped up, driving into a ditch at the corner of Dennis Road and Badger Road and continuing on Badger.
Near the intersection of Badger Road and the Richardson Highway, troopers said his Mazda hit 112 mph and disappeared from sight. Tracks in the snow suggested he might have gone up the exit ramp, troopers said.
Fifteen minutes later, another trooper spotted three people walking up the exit ramp. The Mazda was found farther up the ramp in a stand of trees over an embankment.
West initially said he had not been in the vehicle, but later said he was driving, troopers said. He told troopers he intentionally drove up the Richardson Highway exit ramp to get away because he did not have a driver’s license and did not want to get in trouble. He told troopers he smoked “lots” of marijuana and showed troopers two plastic bags of the drug.
He was charged with first-degree failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, a felony. He was charged with misdemeanors including driving without a license, reckless endangerment and drugs misconduct.
West was arraigned Saturday and has been appointed a public defender.