Alaska State Troopers say a Palmer man who assaulted one of their officers during an arrest is facing multiple charges after he was found with over $5,000 worth of meth. 

Troopers performed a welfare check on a male that was passed out in the driver seat of a red Chevrolet Blazer that was parked on Foothills Boulevard at Knik Goose Bay Road Thursday evening, according to troopers online dispatch. Inside they found 33-year-old Gregory J. Knapp with a large amount of methamphetamine in plain sight. 

Knapp was detained and placed in an unmarked patrol car, but he attempted to escape. 

"Gregory was able to open the rear door of the unmarked patrol car and attempted to leave," troopers wrote. "The trooper on scene had to detain Gregory who forcefully fought being restrained. After other Troopers arrived Gregory was placed in a patrol car equipped with a cage where he was detained without further incident."

Troopers say they seized 22.83 grams of meth from Knapp, which is a street value of over $5,000.

The trooper who initially arrested him received minor injuries during the fight.

Knapp was taken to Mat-Su Pretrial on charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second-degree, assault in the fourth-degree on a law enforcement officer, escape in the fourth-degree and resisting arrest. Troopers say he also faces charges for violating conditions of release from a previous arrest. 

Knapp was held without bail pending an arraignment.  

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