120-mph Glenn Highway driver held after suicide threat
An Anchorage man who hit triple-digit speeds on the Glenn and Parks highways early Thursday is being mentally evaluated according to Alaska State Troopers, who saved his life after they say he threatened to kill himself.
Anchorage police warned Mat-Su responders at about 2:20 a.m. that the man’s vehicle was failing to yield to northbound Glenn Highway traffic “at speeds exceeding 120 mph,” according to an online dispatch. The driver wasn’t identified because he hasn’t yet been charged with a crime.
“Troopers observed the vehicle, a white 2006 Audi, near the Knik River traveling over 100 mph and attempted to stop the vehicle,” troopers wrote. “The vehicle failed to yield and continued onto the Parks Highway at a high rate of speed.”
More troopers, positioned at the Glenn-Parks highway interchange and in the area of Trunk Road, deployed spike strips which damaged the Audi’s tires as well as those of a driver not involved in the chase.
The Audi finally came to a stop on the Parks Highway’s overpass of Seward Meridian Parkway. At that point, troopers said, the driver “climbed halfway over the bridge rail [and] threatened to jump.”
“Troopers negotiated with the driver for close to 20 minutes, when eventually a trooper was able to approach from behind and grab a hold of the man,” troopers wrote. “Additional troopers were able to assist in pulling the driver to safety and take him into custody.”
The man was taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for a mental-health screening, troopers said. Charges of failing to stop at the direction of an officer will be forwarded to the Palmer district attorney’s office.
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