APD: 'Impaired' driver flees officer, strikes sedan
A man who crashed into another car while attempting to evade officers downtown Saturday night is behind bars, facing a slew of charges, according to Anchorage Police.
Just before midnight Saturday, an APD officer stopped at the light at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Karluk Street reported seeing the driver of a black Dodge Durango exhibit signs of impairment.
APD spokesperson Renee Oistad says the officer activated his lights and siren a block later but the driver was slow to yield and ran through a red light at 5th and Ingra Street then accelerating quickly.
Once the officer determined the driver was not going to stop, he disengaged and pulled over to the shoulder.
The driver continued, running the light at 5th and Gambell where he struck a sedan lawfully in the intersection. Both cars were disabled as a result of the crash.
One officer checked on the passengers of the sedan, while a second officer approached the Durango. The occupants of the sedan sustained serious but not-life threatening injuries in the collision.
The driver of the Durango, now identified as 46-year-old David S. Boyles, ignored the officer's commands and fled the vehicle on foot, Oistad says.
After slipping on ice in the alley between 5th and 6th Avenues, Boyles continued running towards 6th and Gambell before he was tased. Boyles again attempted to get up and began reaching for his pocket, Oistad says, and officers deployed the taser a second time, allowing them to put Boyles in handcuffs.
The officers reported a strong chemical odor coming from the suspect and say he exhibited a heightened level of strength, both of which are indications of drug use, Oistad says.
After being medically cleared at the hospital, Boyles was remanded to the Anchorage Jail on the charges of fail to stop at the direction of a police officer, resisting arrest, two counts of second-degree assault, leaving the scene of an injury crash, driving under the influence, third-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving.
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