A police chase that closed C Street for several hours early Thursday morning ended with officers using one of their vehicles to stop a man in an SUV after a report of someone prowling vehicles in south Anchorage. 

Anchorage Police Department spokesperson MJ Thim said at 2:18 a.m., dispatch received a report of a man trying to break into vehicles in the 5700 block of Old Seward Highway. 

Once officers arrived, the suspect, who police identified as 25-year-old Dan Caldwell III, fled on foot, jumped into an older model Ford Explorer and drove off, eluding officers for several blocks in the area. 

"As the driver turned onto C Street from Potter Drive, he began to accelerate," Thim said. "With lights and sirens activated, the driver ignored officers’ attempts to make a traffic stop and continued to accelerate. Officers then intervened and used a pursuit intervention technique to prevent a high-speed pursuit."

Caldwell crashed the Explorer on the side of C Street near Foxridge Way. Inside the vehicle was three passengers, a man and two women, who were taken in for questioning. Police said only one of the women was hurt; she was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Caldwell was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for a probation violation related to a theft.

Thim said the police vehicle that stopped the Explorer suffered only minor damage. All of the vehicle's occupants could face additional charges, Thim said, but that would not be known until the end of the investigation. 

Thim wants to remind the public to stop and pull over for patrol vehicles if you see them flashing lights, or else officers will need to take preventative actions.

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