Troopers: Houston man arrested after attempted traffic stop, foot chase

Tegan Hanlon

A Houston man was arrested Monday after he led troopers on a foot chase through the woods, said Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers first tried to stop the 1997 Pontiac driven by Mac McDonald, 44, around 4:15 p.m. for not having a front license plate. But when troopers turned around, McDonald sped away, troopers said.

The car blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Gunflint Trail and Skyview Drive. McDonald hit a dead end on Skyview Drive, and a passenger jumped out of a window and ran into the woods, said the trooper report. McDonald also left the car and ran into the woods, it said.

Troopers chased both suspects but caught only McDonald, who had been driving with a revoked license, troopers said.

McDonald was arrested and taken to Mat-Su pretrial facility, where he faces charges for failing to stop at the direction of a peace officer and driving with licence revoked. He was also issued a summons for improper use of plates, troopers said.

His bail is set at $2,000.

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