Eagle River police chase ends after man crashes into snowbank, trips over Taser wires

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 17:23

Anchorage police say a 40-year-old Eagle River man fleeing police got tangled in the wires of a stun gun and was captured in downtown Eagle River early Wednesday.

According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert, Kennth G. Stepetin was taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of operating under the influence, resisting arrest, failure to stop and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said a citizen called police at around 2:33 a.m. Wednesday to report a Ford Ranger swerving on the Glenn Highway. Police caught up to and followed the vehicle into Eagle River, where an officer tried to pull the vehicle over after allegedly witnessing it driving erratically. The vehicle briefly stopped at a parking lot, police said, before leading officers on a high-speed chase on the Old Glenn Highway. APD said Stepetin drove at more than 70 MPH on the Old Glenn, which has a 35 MPH limit.

The car chase ended about a mile away when Stepetin lost control of the vehicle near Schroeder Drive, crashed into a snowbank and became stuck on an electrical box.

Stepetin ran from the scene with officers in pursuit. Police said Stepetin was warned several times that he’d be shocked, but he allegedly refused their commands. Officers then deployed their Tasers, which shoot small darts into a person and cause an electrical shock. The darts are connected to the device by thin wires.

Police said Stepetin was unaffected by two separate shocks, but tripped and fell when he got tangled up in the wires. He was handcuffed and taken into custody. A court records search showed he remained in jail Wednesday afternoon.

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