Notorious Chugiak 20-year-old has been arrested six times since turning 18

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 09:45

A Chugiak man who in the past 18 months has been arrested for leading officers on a high-speed chase, hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat and assaulting a police officer — all in separate incidents — has been picked up once again, this time on vehicle theft charges after allegedly hitting a vehicle in Mountain View while driving a stolen truck.

Chase W.M. McMichael, who turned 20 in March, was arrested Nov. 30 and returned to custody. Since April of 2017, McMichael has been arrested at least six times and charged with more than a dozen crimes. He’s been convicted on about half those charges, with convictions for being in possession of a firearm while intoxicated, two convictions for first-degree vehicle theft, two convictions for fourth-degree assault and one for violating conditions of release.

Among McMichael’s more high profile crimes were a 2017 police chase from Potter Marsh to Seward in a stolen car, an attack on a man with a baseball bat in April where he allegedly spit on a cop, and an incident in which an officer was stuck by a hypodermic needle in McMichael’s pocket while conducting a pat-down search.

His most recent arrest came in the early morning hours Friday, when a police officers spotted him driving without headlights in East Anchorage.

At around 3:12 a.m., an APD officer spotted a 2001 green Ford pickup driving without headlights on Caribou Avenue, according to a recap provided by APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad. Oistad said the Ford drove south onto Davis Street, where it struck an unoccupied SUV.

“The officer was able to catch up with the Ford’s driver there and take him into custody,” Oistad wrote.

The officer performed a computer check on the vehicle and it did not come back stolen, she said. However, when the officer contacted the vehicle’s owner, she said she lent it to a friend and the vehicle was taken from the friend by a man and woman the previous day near the Mountain View Holiday station.

McMichael was taken to the Anchorage Jail on an outstanding warrant and additionally charged with first- and second-degree vehicle theft. As of Monday he was still in custody.

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