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APD hunts for driver of SUV who rammed patrol car in getaway

Anchorage police are asking for help finding a man who they say escaped arrest Friday by ramming a stolen SUV into a squad car before speeding away.

Dajon Michael Hale

Police said they are looking for 28-year-old Dajon Michael Hale, who is wanted on felony arrest warrants for assault on a police officer, vehicle theft and other charges.

Hale was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche at 2:50 a.m. Friday when an officer with APD's impaired driving enforcement unit saw the vehicle in the area of Boniface Parkway and Caribou Avenue. The officer identified the vehicle as stolen. Another officer arrived and police tried to box in the Chevy with their patrol cars at the nearby intersection of Kenai Avenue and Pine Street.

One police car positioned itself in front of the stolen SUV, the other squad car moved in behind it.

Hale drove the Chevy into the back of the patrol car in front of him, pushing it out of the way, police said. Hale raced through a stop sign and a red light in his escape, police say.

The officers did not chase him "due to the suspect's dangerous driving behavior," police said in a statement.

Hale is 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are asking that anyone with information on Hale's whereabouts call police dispatch at 311 (and choose option No. 1 in the phone tree). Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online.

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