A man with packets of the drug spice and armed with a box cutter was arrested at an Anchorage courthouse Wednesday after he got into a dispute with security screeners.


Pete Crooke, 42, tried to bring drug paraphernalia into Nesbett Courthouse and challenged security screeners to a fight, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.


“A foot pursuit ensued as Crooke attempted to flee from Troopers while armed with a box cutter,” the dispatch says.


Eventually, troopers were able to disarm Crooke and take him into custody.


In addition to the packets of spice and drug paraphernalia, Crooke also had “packaging material normally associated with distribution” with him, troopers said.


Crooke was remanded to the Anchorage jail on charges of third-degree assault on a police officer and disorderly conduct. He is being held without bail, troopers said, and more charges are pending.


 


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