Two men stole a 2012 SUV from the owner's driveway, ran into the owner's other vehicle as they were making their getaway and ultimately were stopped after they crashed into a trooper patrol car, Alaska State Troopers said.
The incident began around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Fairbanks. Troopers say Kyle Curtin, 26, and Edwin Hanson, 28, stole a 2012 black Armada SUV from a Fairbanks resident, then crashed it for the first time into the owner's other vehicle. The owner woke up and called 911 as he chased down the thieves, troopers said.
The owner confronted the men, but Curtin, who was driving, sped away by going into a ditch and back onto the road, troopers said. By then, troopers arrived and the stolen SUV swerved into the ditch again to get around a patrol car, troopers said. Curtin stayed in the ditch for about 70 feet, then accelerated out -- right into a second patrol car, troopers said.
The front airbags deployed in both vehicles. The trooper's Crown Victoria appeared to be a total loss, troopers said.
Curtin jumped out and tried to run away but was caught by the trooper whose vehicle he hit, troopers said. Hanson was arrested still in the SUV.
Curtin, Hanson and the trooper all were treated for minor injuries.
According to troopers, Curtin and Hanson were charged with vehicle theft, and Curtin also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, failure to stop at the direction of an officer and assault on a trooper.