Spike strip ends 100-mph Juneau chase
A high-speed Juneau pursuit of a stolen vehicle late Friday extended across much of the state capital’s road system, stopping only after officers were able to puncture its tires.
The chase which led to 49-year-old Juneau resident Shaun Williams’ arrest began just before 10:15 p.m. Friday. Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch. Troopers were helping the Juneau Police Department locate a stolen 1997 white Subaru station wagon, which had been spotted by its owner on Mendenhall Loop Road.
When a trooper tried to pull the Subaru over near Auke Lake on the Glacier Highway, it didn’t stop and headed south along Egan Drive. The occupants were finally taken into custody on the north side of Douglas Island, across Gastineau Channel from Juneau.
“During the pursuit speeds reached 100 mph and the vehicle was ultimately spike-stripped by officers with JPD,” troopers wrote. “The vehicle ultimately came to a stop on Fish Creek Road where the driver and passenger surrendered. The pursuit lasted approximately 20 minutes and covered a distance of approximately 20 miles.”
The passenger was questioned and released.
Williams, who had an outstanding arrest warrant for assault, was arrested on charges of felony eluding, vehicle theft and reckless endangerment. He was held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $1,000 bail.
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