Alaska State Troopers say an Anchorage man accused of driving impaired during a Mat-Su chase early Monday caused an estimated $10,000 in damage before he was discovered hiding in an airplane.

An online dispatch said the driver, 37-year-old Tony L. Carr, was arrested on a felony drug-related DUI charge. Troopers had tried to stop him at about 2:30 a.m. Monday for moving violations near the intersection of the Parks and Palmer-Wasilla highways.

That led to what an online dispatch called a brief but high-speed chase of Carr’s black 1990 Chevrolet pickup, “while driving in the wrong lanes of travel and running another driver off the road to avoid a head-on collision.”

“The pursuit ended on Palmdale Drive where the driver fled and was shortly apprehended with the assistance of Wasilla Police and their K-9 Officer Echo,” troopers wrote. “The driver was locating hiding inside an aircraft which did not belong to him.”

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said parts of the pursuit took place in the parking lot of a Target department store, as well as several area roads.

“The vehicle ended up striking a residential well and became stuck,” Peters said. “Approximate speeds were 70 mph in posted 45 and 50 (mph) zones, and approximately 50 (mph) in 25 mph zones.”

Troopers subsequently learned that Carr had been convicted of two separate DUIs within the past 10 years, making Monday’s charge a felony. He was also charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, and second-degree trespass, as well as third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

Carr was initially held without bail at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

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