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Pedestrian flipping the bird causes ruckus in Wasilla

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published August 16, 2012

Wasilla, Alaska is a lovely place. The sixth-largest city in the state is home to variety of colorful and eccentrically lovable characters, including the pseudo-famous Palin family and members of the hipster band "Portugal. The Man." The town's calm streets and abundant open spaces tend to attract the "get 'er done" type, some of whom are eager to express their enthusiasm for humanity and community through gestures of support. Take 26-year-old local Daniel W. Box for example.

On a still Wednesday evening in Wasilla, on a street called "Church," stood a riotous and belligerent young chap. According to an Alaska State Trooper's dispatch, Box stood, rooted, in the middle of the street flashing his middle finger to any and all who attempted to pass him by. Authorities claim "several vehicles swerved to avoid striking Box" and, when troopers arrived to remove him, which of course he resisted, Box challenged them to a duel. Alaska State Troopers were not keen.

And so it goes that after a "struggle," Box was restrained and "arrested for Disorderly conduct, obstruction of a Highway and resisting arrest."

Troopers soon found that Box had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on previous charges for theft and criminal trespass in the city of Wasilla. Thus ends our tale with the reassurance that young Box will be held at the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility on $2,000 bail.

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