Police set out spike strips to end high-speed chase on Glenn

Casey Grove

A wanted man driving without a license fled Alaska State Troopers during a high-speed chase Saturday night on the Glenn Highway, troopers said.

It started a little after 11 p.m. when a 1990 Honda Accord passed by a trooper stopping another vehicle on the Glenn Highway near Mile 33, close to the Palmer Hay Flats, said trooper Sgt. Daniel Cox. The driver of the Accord was later determined to be 31-year-old Willow resident Patrick O. Moore, troopers said.

Moore "blew by" the trooper at about 80 mph without pulling into an empty lane and came close to the trooper, Cox said. The trooper hopped in his patrol car and tried to pull over Moore, who was headed south toward Anchorage, but the Accord zipped off, racing to speeds of 110 and 120 mph, Cox said. Another trooper joined the pursuit, Cox said.

Anchorage police laid out spike strips on the roadway coming into the city, puncturing one of the Accord's tires and at least one of the troopers' tires, Cox said.

Moore ditched the car on the sidewalk near the intersection of Cordova Street and Fifth Avenue, a couple of blocks past the highway's end in downtown Anchorage, and jumped out. Troopers said Anchorage police officers and a police dog caught him inside the Sheraton Hotel nearby.

Moore had a small amount of methamphetamine on him, troopers said. He was arrested for failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, misconduct involving a controlled substance, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license and for an outstanding warrant, troopers said.

Cox said the previous warrant was for driving with a revoked license.

Moore's bail was set at $27,500 cash with a third-party custodian required for his release.

Troopers say they are continuing to investigate possible further charges. Anyone who saw Moore's driving during the pursuit is asked to call 373-8300.

"There was some driving on his part that, a couple of times, he'd cut vehicles off or went in between two vehicles in their legal lanes," Cox said. "We're trying to identify those drivers to see if further charges are warranted based on his driving and what happened."

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

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