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Egan crash suspect arrested after chase

Posted: March 4, 2012 - 1:07am

A Juneau man was charged with six class ‘A’ misdemeanors Friday evening after getting in a car crash then fleeing from the police.

According to a release from Juneau Police Department, a JPD officer had turned on his patrol car’s overhead lights to pull over a Honda Civic without headlights around 8:30 p.m. on Egan Drive near the McDonald’s.

But when the lights began to flash, a Dodge pickup truck in the left-hand lane began to swerve to its right, striking the Honda, which was in the right lane.

“The collision caused the Honda to veer to its right, nearly leaving the roadway,” the release states.

The pickup continued driving and turned right onto Glacier Highway. Another officer who was near the intersection located the pickup truck and tried to pull it over on Old Dairy Road. The driver continued driving for a short distance, then came to a stop, the release states. The driver got out of his vehicle and ran away from the officer. More JPD patrol officers responded to the area, and the driver was found hiding in a private lot about 30 minutes later.

Police say the driver of the truck was identified as Andrew C. Lawson, 18. He was charged with driving under the influence, refusing a breath sample, failure to provide information after an accident, failure to stop at the direction of a police officer and two counts of reckless endangerment.

Class ‘A’ misdemeanors can carry up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine. Two passengers in the truck were also cited for minor consuming.

As for the Honda, police say there was only minor damage and no occupants were injured.

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