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Police chase, arrest Juneau man wanted for escaping halfway house

Shane McCourt, 33, charged with second-degree escape and resisting arrest

Posted: October 16, 2013 - 12:05pm  |  Updated: October 16, 2013 - 11:10pm

A 33-year-old man wanted for walking away from a Juneau halfway house was arrested Tuesday night after a police chase on Egan Drive.

The chase began at about 11:09 p.m. when a Juneau police officer responded to a disabled vehicle across from Fred Meyer and recognized one of the two occupants as Shane McCourt, 33, due to his neck and face tattoos. Two days earlier, the adult probation office provided police a picture of McCourt and said he walked away from the Glacier Manor Halfway House.

Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the Juneau Police Department, said McCourt took off running while the officer was waiting for back-up to arrive. Campbell said McCourt twice ran across the highway through traffic and twice jumped a bike path fence as the officer pursued McCourt on foot.

The officer deployed his Taser at one point during the chase, but Campbell said it did not hit McCourt because he was too far away. McCourt eventually stopped running and surrendered once more officers converged on the scene.

“He stopped and complied once he realized he was surrounded,” Campbell said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Police arrested McCourt on suspicion of felony second-degree escape for allegedly walking away from the halfway house, which is considered an official detention facility. He was also charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, in connection to the police chase.

The person driving McCourt in the vehicle was also arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution in the first degree, a felony offense. Police identified him as 33-year-old Juneau resident William Buck Ratliff.

Both men were taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held without bail. Ratliff’s vehicle was impounded.

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

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