The driver of a stolen pickup that rammed an Anchorage Police Department patrol car was arrested at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday afternoon.
The truck had been reported stolen earlier in the day. An Anchorage police officer saw the truck in the parking lot of Cash America on 14th Ave. and Gambell Street about 3:30 p.m. The officer parked his car behind the truck to try to block it in, but the driver shoved the truck into reverse and rammed the police car, according to a statement from Anchorage police.
The stolen truck fled south on Gambell. As police searched for the truck, dispatch received several calls reporting a reckless driver with the same license plate as the stolen vehicle. Another person reported his wallet was stolen and gave police the same license plate as the pickup, police say.
An officer spotted the truck going north on Beaver Place before turning onto Debarr. The truck barrelled over a curb, went into landscaping and through the Fred Meyer parking lot.
The truck went over a spike strip that was placed at Boundary Avenue, and continued north on Muldoon.
The driver then took the truck through a chain linked fence at JBER, before hitting a stop sign. Police say the truck went into an embankment and the driver fled on foot toward an RV storage parking lot.
A JBER K9 Unit and military police joined APD to search for the driver.
Police arrested the man and a female passenger. Both suffered minor injuries during the chase.
The identities of the driver and passenger will be released if charges are filed, police said
The police officer whose patrol car was rammed was not injured and the vehicle was not damaged.
By SHANNON GREENE
Anchorage Daily News