High-speed Ketchikan chase ends in crash

Posted: Friday, June 05, 2009

KETCHIKAN - A 22-mile high-speed chase led to a crash and serious injuries for a 26-year-old driver in Ketchikan.

Alaska State Troopers said they took a call Tuesday of a car speeding and passing other vehicles north of the city.

The car passed the unmarked car of trooper Sgt. Gary Webb, who activated his lights and siren and gave chase toward the city.

Just before a grocery store, the suspect made a U-turn and headed north on the highway, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, passing on blind curves and driving on the wrong side of the road.

He was pursued to the north end of the road, where he again made a U-turn.

Troopers set out spike strips at Mile 16. After another half mile, the driver crashed through a guard rail and down a 75-foot embankment.

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