Kenai man arrested after troopers deploy spike strip in chase
A Kenai man was arrested Tuesday after he led troopers on a chase for several miles around the Kenai area.
At around 3:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a Dodge sedan for passing into a no-passing zone on Kalifornsky Beach Road. When the driver — identified as 55-year-old Lawrence Karella — failed to stop, he then drove recklessly in an attempt to elude troopers and officers from the Kenai Police Department, according to an online AST dispatch.
“AST was able to deploy a spike strip at Bridge Access at the Kenai River bridge causing several tires to deflate,” the dispatch states, adding that the vehicle finally came to a stop once the tires were flattened.
Karella was arrested for failure to stop for a peace officer, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He was taken to the Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility and held without bail.
Troopers say Karella was also wanted on two outstanding warrants for a hit-and-run and tampering with physical evidence.
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