Troopers: Chugiak man led cops on high-speed chase from Potter Marsh to Seward

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 15:12

A Chugiak man was arrested Tuesday evening after he allegedly stole a car from an Eagle River gym and led police on a car chase that ended in Seward.

According to Alaska State Troopers, at around 7:19 p.m., a Bureau of Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle driving 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near Potter Marsh on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. Instead of stopping, the Dodge Durango continued driving south for nearly 100 miles “at speeds in excess of 100 MPH,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch about the incident.

Troopers said the Durango had been reported stolen from the Eagle River Alaska Club at around 6 p.m.

The vehicle eventually drove through the town of Seward and was found abandoned at Lowell Point State Recreation Area on the shores of Resurrection Bay. After a brief search, troopers found the driver, Chase William Mejia McMichael, 19, hiding in the woods. McMichael was arrested and taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of felony eluding, reckless driving, first-degree vehicle theft, DUI, third-degree assault on a police officer and an outstanding felony warrant for vehicle theft.

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