Troopers investigate hit-and-run on own patrol car

rmauer@adn.comMarch 4, 2013 

— Troopers investigating a report of dangerous driving stopped at a bonfire south of Wasilla early Sunday morning where a line of cars was parked by the side of Mack Road. Four troopers parked there too, one in a rather unlucky spot.

The officers didn't locate a dangerous driver at the party, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said Monday. But there was a dangerous driver out on the street.

"When they were on the side of the road there, they heard the crash," Peters said.

Returning to the place they parked, the troopers saw the wrecked car was one of their own. Someone backed into it while trying to drive away. And the driver didn't stop to leave a note. It was a hit-and-run.

A trooper photo shows the driver appeared to miss the big push bumper on the patrol vehicle, instead crushing the left front fender. "They couldn't drive it away from the scene at all," Peters said. The trooper vehicle will probably be a total loss, she said.

Troopers think they know the name of the hit-and-run driver but hadn't made an arrest by mid-Monday, Peters said.

"We did get some help in identifying the person by partygoers, but it's not like they gave us a full name or anything," she said.


Reach Richard Mauer at or 257-4345.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service