Charges added to participants in Glenn Highway chase

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Two men who led police on a car chase along the Glenn Highway have been charged with kidnapping, robbery and other charges.

Terrance L. Jones and Derek K. McMillian were also charged Friday with vehicle theft, assault, weapons misconduct, failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, theft, drug offenses and resisting arrest.

The chase Thursday shut down the highway for nearly two hours during morning rush hour, stranding hundreds of drivers. The men ran over spikes and crashed into a patrol car trying to block them, injuring an officer.

Jones was on probation for assault. He told police he stole the car, a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, from Tony Martin, a man who had agreed to be his third-party custodian one day before.

Jones said he bought an eighth of an ounce of cocaine, which he shared with McMillian and a woman, Dora Henry.

Henry told police she got into the car with the men willingly, but later, when they began driving erratically, she said she wanted to leave and they ignored her.

When police forced the car to stop near the Palmer Hay Flats, Jones said he was taking her hostage, then changed his mind, prosecutors said.

McMillian interrupted his court hearing Friday.

"Who did I rob? Who did I kidnap?" he said.

He complained that he had not yet been able to talk to a public defender and that he did not like the media coverage.

"This is dirty criminal justice, man!" he said. District Judge Gregory Motyka set his bail at $75,000.

McMillian has a lengthy criminal history in Alaska and Florida that includes charges for robbery, burglary, vehicle theft and assault.

Jones' record in Alaska and Colorado includes robbery and multiple charges of assault.

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