A man is in custody after allegedly stealing a delivery truck, ramming it through a patrol car and then crashing into a church in Spenard Monday afternoon.

Anchorage Police officers were called to the 3400 block of Dorbrandt Street Monday afternoon around 1:30 on reports of a stolen vehicle. Responding officers encountered the suspect, who they say then fled on foot and stole a delivery truck. 

APD spokesperson, MJ Thim, says the suspect, 27-year-old Derek Burkett, then rammed the stolen delivery truck into an officer's parked patrol unit, putting the officer's life and safety at risk. 

Burkett then crashed the truck into the side of the Church of Love building in the 3500 block of Spenard Road and fled on foot, Thim says.

"It was a high pitched squeal and loud thunderous boom. Then I heard people shouting and I heard the cops chasing the guy," said Scott, a man living inside the building.

He says he was washing his hands in the kitchen when the truck came through, missing him by less than 10 feet.

Witnesses helped officers locate Burkett as he hid inside of a truck in the 1500 block of West 34th Avenue. He was taken into custody without further incident. 

Burkett is facing multiple charges, including vehicle theft. He was also taken in on an outstanding warrant.

The Cook Inlet Housing Authority, who owns the building, says the area of the building struck by the stolen truck housed an apartment and artist studio spaces; they were awaiting an engineer to make sure the building was safe for people.

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