Alaska State Troopers Seek Burglar After Wasilla Chase

July 26, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers are looking for a driver who stole an SUV and led them on a chase near Wasilla Fishhook Road early Thursday morning, knocking out power to a neighborhood and stealing items from a convenience store.

According to an AST dispatch, the incident began at 4:28 a.m. Thursday, when troopers tried to stop a Chevrolet Suburban that was driving in the wrong lane near the intersection of East Seldon Road and Winona Street. The vehicle failed to yield, however, leading troopers on a brief chase.

“During the pursuit, the Suburban hit retention wires on a power pole on Aoki Dr., causing the transformer to explode and cutting power to the area,” troopers wrote. “The vehicle continued and drove through two yards on Aoki and came to a stop in a wooded area. The driver fled on foot. AST was not able to locate the driver.”

During the pursuit, troopers were informed of a burglary alarm at the Fishhook Food Mart, where someone had broken the glass front door, then entered and took several items.

The stolen goods were recovered in the Suburban, which had itself been stolen earlier in the night and was subsequently returned to its owner. Troopers called Matanuska Electric Association crews to restore power to the area.

Troopers say an investigation of the incident is continuing.

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