Driver escapes after JBER truck chase

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 06:28

UPDATE (Jan. 21, 10 a.m.): APD and JBER officials said Monday that Anchorage Police arrested a man who is a "person of interest" in the gate-crashing on Jan. 19 at around 7:15 p.m. in Eagle River on unrelated charges. The pick-up truck involved in the incident was located in Anchroage at around 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

A man driving a pick-up truck entered Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson early Saturday (Jan. 19) morning, led security officers on a 10-minute chase, then escaped by leaving base through the same gate he entered.

The chase began to unfold at around midnight, when the suspect illegaly entered through the Boniface gage, according to a statement issued by JBER public affairs director Maj. Joseph Coslett.

Coslett said the suspect is a white male driving a blue 1994 GMC Sierra. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the JBER Law Enforcement desk at (907) 552-3421 or Anchorage Police at (907) 786-8900.

Security forces tried to stop the vehicle using a variety of measures, Coslett said, including firing "several" 9 mm rounds at the vehicle. But the driver managed to avoid those measures, leaving base through the Boniface gate and going back into Anchorage.

Here's the complete statement issued Saturday:

responded to a pickup truck illegally entering and driving through the
Boniface Gate at approximately 12 a.m.

A car chase ensued between the Boniface and Government Hill Gates. The
driver drove at high speeds to avoid security forces and failed to stop at
multiple deterrents.

In response to the driver's demonstrated use of his vehicle as a weapon,
security forces employed prudent escalation of force measures, firing upon
the vehicle with the intent to disable it.  The vehicle continued to drive,
exiting the Boniface Gate and off the installation.

JBER officials are working closely with both the Anchorage Police Department
and the Alaska State Troopers to bring in the suspect. The situation remains
under investigation.

The Boniface Gate was closed for 7 hours, but is open again.

"We take the security and safety of our personnel and this installation very
seriously," said Air Force Col Brian Duffy, JBER and 673d Air Base Wing
commander. "We will continue to work with local law enforcement to bring
this matter to resolution."

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