Video of teen climbing onto roof of moving car sparks police investigation
Last updated at 9:46 p.m. on Friday, June 24
A woman who witnessed a person climbing onto the roof of a car while the driver was swerving recklessly posted a video to social media. Now, Wasilla police have launched an investigation into the incident.
Alisha Blossom captured the footage and posted it to the Alaska’s Worst Drivers Facebook group.
“I didn’t post it on social media to be a bad guy or like shame-shame on kids,” Blossom explained during an interview. “I understand that kids will be kids, but this is definitely not the time or the place to be doing things like that.”
According to Blossom’s account, she was headed home down Bogard Road when she saw two young males hanging out of a car window. She said their backs were pressed against the outside of the car doors with their hair touching the ground as the car traveled at about 40 miles per hour.
In the Facebook post she said: “My husband and I followed cause I was literally concerned. I called the troopers to inform them so they could hopefully make contact with the parents.”
Blossom continued to follow the car, calling back Alaska State Troopers to update them on where the car was a couple of times, she said. Eventually, Blossom says, she witnessed one of the boys crawl out of the window, climb across the roof of the car as it swerved down a Mat-Su road, and get back into the car on the other side.
Then two males were dropped off and the car stopped at a Wasilla at a separate residence, where Blossom said she blocked the car in and confronted the driver. According to Blossom, she spoke with a girl who “reeked” of alcohol and later ran inside.
Blossom informed troopers of where the car had stopped and waited, but she never saw any officers with the agency arrive. She said the Wasilla Police Department (WPD) followed up with her on Friday.
KTVA’s Shannon Ballard reached out to WPD. Investigator Dan Bennett replied to the inquiry with the following statement:
“I have reviewed the video and WPD is currently following up with the information that you provided and I cannot provide a comment at this time.”
Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said in general drivers shouldn’t take video if they’re behind the wheel. And, she said, if a passenger in the vehicle takes the video it still isn’t very helpful in an investigation.
“We’re actually required to conduct traffic enforcement in person,” Castro explained. “So, if someone takes a video, for instance, of a traffic violation, that probably won’t be helpful to our investigation of it because, again, we’re required to make that traffic enforcement in person.”
Castro says law enforcement doesn’t want bystanders to create further safety hazards, or violate the laws themselves in order to get video or photos of the incident.
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