Anchorage man admits to doing meth before leading police on pursuit
An Anchorage man admits to doing meth before leading police on a pursuit.
Michael R.A. Pope is accused of firing shots after an altercation in east Anchorage, then leading officers on a pursuit through Airport Heights.
Around 1 a.m. Monday, Anchorage Police received word of shots fired in the 1000 block of San Fernando. Responding officers learned that there was a disturbance among a group of males when Pope, 34, fired off several shots before leaving in a red Dodge Ram.
An officer saw the pickup in the Debarr Costco parking lot and began to follow. Once in the parking lot of Northway Mall, the officer attempted a traffic stop but Pope refused to pull over and began driving recklessly, leading the officer to discontinue the pursuit, APD says.
Pope then began ramming patrol cars with his truck, police say, and struck a civilian vehicle, a Subaru Forester, leaving damage to its left side. Three patrol cars sustained damage. One of the police officers in a patrol car was also injured in the torso after Pope rammed the vehicles.
At this point, police say Pope left the vehicle and began running, leading several officers to give chase. After continuously refusing to obey commands, Pope was tased; however, the taser appeared to not affect Pope, as he continued to run, APD says.
Pope then ran into the side of a patrol car and officers were able to take him into custody, though he reportedly actively resisted and was ultimately placed in both handcuffs and leg irons.
In plain view inside Pope's vehicle, APD says they found two holsters and a rifle. Pope is a felon and is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm, and police say he also was an absconder from probation.
Pope was charged with third-degree assault, fail to stop, reckless driving, resist by force, first- and third-degree misconduct involving a weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, operating under the influence and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was cited for no insurance and driving on a revoked license. Police say Pope also had an outstanding warrant for operating under the influence.
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