Wanted man found hiding under bed after police chase

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 15:16

On April 18 at around 8:47 p.m., an APD officer pulled over a Ford Focus allegedly driving 95 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near the North Eagle River exit on the Glenn Highway. Police said as the officer approached the vehicle, its driver sped off.

The officer was able to locate the Ford at a nearby residence, and witnesses there identified the driver as Justin Lunsford, 30, of Chugiak. The witnesses reportedly told the officer Lunsford went into the home, and police said they found him hiding under a bed.

Lunsford was taken to the Anchorage Jail on three outstanding warrants, and additionally charged with operating under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, and failure to stop at the direction of a police officer. He was also given tickets for speeding, no proof of insurance and driving while license revoked.

Lunsford has a lengthy criminal history that includes a high-profile car chase last April in which KSRM Radio reported he led police on a 25-mile chase after he and an accomplice were sought in a stolen snowmachine case. In 2015, Alaska State Troopers reported Lunsford was caught on the Seward Highway near Girdwood while driving a stolen vehicle.

As of Tuesday, April 24 Lunsford remained in custody and was being held on a temporary no-bail order.

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