UPDATE: Juneau man arrested after months-long crime spree
Juneau police have arrested a man wanted on multiple felony warrants accumulated since February.
JPD located 32-year-old Derick Skultka on the 6500 block of the Glacier Highway Sunday evening at 7:10 p.m. Skultka attempted to evade arrest by taking off on foot, but after a brief chase was arrested.
Skultka was first spotted by police Sunday morning when an officer saw a vehicle associated with Skutlka going 63 mph in a 40 mph zone around 10 a.m., according to JPD. That officer reportedly knew Skultka had no driver’s license, on top of the warrants.
When the officer attempted to pull him over, Skultka ran, “cutting through the brush between homes” in the Nowell Avenue area.
Six hours later, a vehicle crash was reported at the Egan Drive McDonald’s. Skultka was reportedly driving the vehicle when “he crashed for no apparent reason” and the vehicle came to a stop near the McDonald’s drive-through, JPD said in a statement. His passenger, the owner of the vehicle, reported injuries from the collision and was treated at the scene by Capital City Fire.
Along with the charges associated with Skultka’s warrants, he could face charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer. JPD says he is also a suspect in several open cases that are still being investigated.
Skultka was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, where he is being held without bail.
Juneau police are asking for the public’s help locating 32-year-old Derick Nathaniel Skultka, who is on the run with three warrants out for his arrest.
Tuesday, Skultka “left a trail of dangerous and reckless behavior,” according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.
At around 10 a.m., a JPD officer saw a vehicle in Douglas traveling more than 20 miles over the speed limit.
“When the officer initiated a traffic stop, Skultka ran from the officer in the area of Nowell Avenue, cutting through the brush between homes,” the JPD release states, adding that more officers were called to the area.
Efforts to find Skultka were initially unsuccessful. But hours later, police say he was driving on Egan Drive, near the McDonald’s, when he crashed “for no apparent reason.”
The vehicle came to a stop near the McDonald’s drive-thru. Skultka fled before police arrived at the scene, leaving his injured passenger, says JPD Lt. Sell.
Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to treat the female passenger, who JPD says owns the vehicle and is a known associate of Skultka’s.
“The warrants for Skultka have been trickling in all spring,” JPD says.
The first warrant came out in mid-February when Skultka failed to appear in court for charges of burglary and assault. In March, a $20,000 warrant was issued for another failure to appear in court, associated with the same burglary and assault case. In June, a $10,000 warrant was issued for the charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving drugs.
Juneau police say they want to find Skultka before he or someone else is injured. They believe he may have frequented the Switzer Village area.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call JPD at 907-586-0600.
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