Glenn Highway APD Video



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Here's the APD press release on the Nov. 1 accident:

 “On November 1, 2011, just after 6 a.m., inbound traffic on the Glenn Highway was slowed for over two hours due to a vehicle striking a light pole which fell into the right-hand lanes of traffic, narrowly missing APD Traffic Officer Rick Dykstra’s patrol car…
The vehicle which struck the light pole was a Chevy S-10 pickup truck, driven by Dale Cooper, 30, of Eagle River.  Cooper was travelling inbound on the Glenn Highway, just before the Highland Road exit, when he lost control of the pickup.  The truck slid across several lanes of traffic, went into the ditch on the north side of the highway, struck the light pole, and then flipped onto its roof before coming to rest.  Officer Dykstra was approximately 200 feet behind Cooper and was preparing to pull over to assist the driver when the light pole crashed down directly in front of him. Cooper was trapped upside down in his vehicle until Officer Dykstra climbed in and pulled him out.

Medics transported Cooper to a local hospital however his injuries did not appear life threatening.  

Although Officer Dykstra did not avoid running over the light pole, the police vehicle was not damaged.  No citations have been issued.”

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