Pair of KGB Road chases end in arrest

An unrelated pair of police chases on the Knik Goose Bay Road in Wasilla both ended in arrest -- one following a crash, and the other after the driver fled through a golf course.

The latter chase took place Thursday afternoon when troopers tried to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection with Settler's Bay Drive. The vehicle, a 1979 Ford F-150 fled through a nearby neighborhood and onto a golf course, where it drove "onto the fairway and greens, causing approximately $1,000 in damage," according to troopers.

Troopers, who had halted the chase, eventually found the vehicle abandoned near Binnacle drive.

Several days later, following an investigation into the incident, troopers arrested 30-year-old David J. Andrews, of Eagle River on charges of first-degree eluding, reckless driving third-degree criminal mischief, misuse of plates and driving with a revoked license. He was taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held without bail.

Meanwhile, on Sunday evening at about 11:45 p.m., troopers said, they spotted a 1998 BMW traveling at nearly 100 mph along Knik Goose Bay Road. When troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled through the Settlers Bay subdivision "at high rates of speed, often in the oncoming lanes of travel," according to a trooper dispatch.

Eventually the driver, 33-year-old James Drain, of Wasilla, lost control slamming into an embankment near Werner Drive, troopers said.

He was charged with reckless driving, felony eluding and driving with a revoked license and taken to Mat-Su Pretrial facility.