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JPD nabs suspected car thief

Posted: November 27, 2011 - 1:09am

A convicted car thief was caught in a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and was arrested early Saturday morning, authorities say.

Koby W. Blake, 20, was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail on felony charges of vehicle theft in the first degree, assault in the third degree and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer in the first degree, according to a Juneau Police Department press release. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer in the second degree and driving while license revoked, the release stated.

JPD responded to a report from a resident on Amalga Street that their vehicles had been entered and rifled through around 2 a.m. Saturday. Responding officers discovered several other vehicles in the surrounding area appeared to have been entered. During the investigation, an officer on foot attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle, a pickup truck that was leaving the area.

“Police watched it drive out of the driveway,” JPD Officer Chris Gifford said by phone Saturday.

The truck then drove toward and passed the officer on foot, placing the officer in fear of being struck by the vehicle, the statement read.

“He drove at them and drove away,” Gifford said simply.

Another officer in a patrol car then attempted to stop the truck on a nearby street, and Blake exited the vehicle and ran from the officer. After a brief foot chase, Blake was arrested then taken to LCCC.

Gifford said that officers contacted the owner of the vehicle, and the owner of the truck confirmed it had been stolen.

Empire archives indicate Blake was arrested in March of last year on felony charges after police determined a Dodge Durango he drove into a yard on Kiowa Drive was stolen. He was charged with vehicle theft in the first degree, a felony, and driving with a revoked license. Electronic court records indicate Blake pleaded guilty to vehicle theft in the first degree and was sentenced to 545 days in jail with 180 days suspended, placed on supervised probation for 1,460 days and had his license suspended.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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