Willow man indicted for 2018 high-speed chase, assault on a police officer
A Palmer grand jury on Thursday indicted a 35-year-old man for multiple charges related to a high-speed chase in October 2018.
An online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers states Willow resident Ian McCleod Lleshi is facing a felony eluding charge as well as third-degree assault on a police officer.
According to the dispatch, Lleshi was driving recklessly and speeding on Oct. 9, 2018. When troopers attempted to pull over the gray 1999 Dodge 1500 pickup truck, he sped up, beginning a chase from mile 63 of the Parks Highway to the Nancy Lake Parkway.
AST said troopers tried to end the chase peacefully using a pursuit intervention maneuver (PIT), but Lleshi dodged them and hit one a patrol vehicle. While his truck was still moving, he jumped out and ran into the woods. Troopers were unable to locate him at the time. They later learned the truck had been stolen, the dispatch states.
On Oct. 22, 2018, troopers made contact with Lleshi at a house in Willow. The dispatch alleges he had numerous stolen items. He was arrested on multiple charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
This week's indictment was made after a months-long investigation of the incidents occurring from Willow to Trapper Creek. In addition to the eluding and assault on a police officer charges, Lleshi also faces five new counts of first-degree burglary, an additional assault charge, five more counts of second-degree theft, and third-degree criminal mischief. Six misdemeanor charges were also filed for criminal mischief and trespassing.
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