Anchorage police say an alert citizen helped police monitor a 49-year-old drunk driver who crashed into another vehicle and sped off early Friday morning.

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, the sequence of events which led to Paul Canfield’s arrest began at 12:10 a.m., when police received a Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately call about a Ford Escort which rear-ended a Toyota RAV4 stopped at the Seward Highway’s intersection with Benson Boulevard.

The RAV4’s driver received minor injuries, while the Escort’s driver “fled the scene at a high rate of speed,” turning west on Northern Lights Boulevard.

“Several more drivers called into dispatch to report this dangerous driver,” Thim wrote. “One driver, traveling at a safe distance behind the suspect, stayed on the phone with dispatch giving updates to help officers with the Patrol Division locate the suspect.”

Thim said Canfield was taken into custody outside Dondee’s Laundromat at 2701 Minnesota Dr., and held at the Anchorage Jail on DUI and other charges.

“He had a blood alcohol content almost three times the legal limit,” Thim wrote.

Canfield’s arrest comes less than 48 hours after drivers on the Parks Highway boxed in 49-year-old Laura Phillips’ vehicle after she began to drive erratically. Alaska State Troopers subsequently arrested Phillips on DUI charges, saying she had three times the legal breath alcohol content for driving in Alaska.

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