Driver leads troopers on wild chase through Valley
A Palmer man who was driving recklessly, while leading Alaska State Troopers on a chase through the Valley, was arrested Tuesday night, authorities say.
Just before 9 o'clock, troopers spotted 39-year-old Billy Jones was passed out behind the wheel of his 1998 White Dodge Durango which was parked off Inner Springer Loop in Palmer, according to troopers' online dispatch.
Minutes later, Jones woke up and took off heading southbound on the Glenn Highway, towards Wasilla, reaching speeds of over 100-mph.
Troopers, along with the help of its Criminal Suppression Unit and Wasilla Police were able to deflate the vehicle's front tires using spike strips on Fireweed Road near Wasilla Walmart. But that still didn't stop the driver.
"Just after this Jones ran a red light at Fireweed and Seward Meridian and collided with a 2002 Ford F-150 being driven by 50 year old Joel Varner of Wasilla," troopers wrote. "Varner suffered only minor injuries however Jones continued eluding Troopers and WPD for another 7-8 miles down Blue Lupine, Fireweed and Fairview Loop. Jones eventually crashed his vehicle through a fence and fled on foot into the woods."
Eventually, Jones crashed his vehicle through a fence and fled into the woods on foot. Officers then set up a perimeter. About 90 minutes later, Jones, who previously had a revoked license and two active no bail felony arrest warrants for previous eluding conviction, was taken into custody.
Jones was taken to Mat-Su Pretrial on no bail. His charges include felony eluding, assault in the third-degree, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Bail for Billy Joe Jones was set at $10,000 plus house arrest monitored by the state's Pretrial Enforcement Division.
Prosecutors said Jones has 17 prior convictions including four felonies, one of which was eluding police. In 2015 he had a felony failure to stop conviction after he led police on a 52-mile pursuit and rammed several patrol vehicles.
Heather Hintze contributed information to this story.
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