Eluding suspect was wanted on weapons charge

ANCHORAGE — A man suspected of crashing a sport utility vehicle while attempting to elude Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks was the subject of a felony warrant in Anchorage.

Henry Lamont Covington Mason Jr., 24, was charged Sunday with assault, failure to stop at the direction of a police officer and other counts.

When he was arrested, Mason faced an outstanding felony warrant on a weapons charge that troopers said came about after two women were shot at outside an Anchorage home in July, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Mason remained jailed without bail Tuesday at Fairbanks Correctional Center. A state online database did not indicate that an attorney had been appointed in the case.

Troopers say a caller just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday reported an SUV driving in and out of a ditch near the Parks Highway west of Fairbanks. Troopers tried to stop the SUV but it took off.

The SUV smashed into a pickup on University Avenue and a small sedan and a light pole on Peger Road just before 3:40 a.m., troopers said. The sedan driver reported injuries to her neck and back.

Mason and a 17-year-old female passenger fled on foot, troopers said. They were found near Spenard Builders Supply and treated and released at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

The girl was not arrested and released to the custody of an adult.

Mason told troopers he did not pull over because he was aware of the warrant and that he was expecting the birth of his son in a few weeks.

He told troopers he traveled to Fairbanks because he was afraid for his life in Anchorage, the criminal complaint said.

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