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Fairbanks woman detained after high-speed chase, crash

  • Author: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 31, 2019
  • Published December 31, 2019

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and felony eluding after a police chase that ended with a crash and a fight with arresting officers.

Maxine Stearman, 23, was also held on suspicion of vehicle theft, driving under the influence, hit and run and resisting arrest, Alaska State Troopers said. Online court documents do not list her attorney.

Fairbanks police shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday asked troopers for assistance in stopping a stolen vehicle that had hit snow berms in a hotel parking lot and was spinning doughnuts on a street.

A trooper spotted the vehicle and gave chase at up to 60 mph. A second trooper set up spikes to deflate the stolen vehicle’s tires, and when it drove directly at the officer, jumped out of the way to avoid getting hit.

The spikes pierced all four tires of the stolen vehicle but it continued on and collided with a one-ton pickup. The stolen vehicle kept going until getting stuck in snow.

The female drive got out and fought with officers, troopers said. She was taken to a hospital, where she assaulted a nurse attempting to treat her, troopers said.

Stearman remained jailed Tuesday. The pickup driver was was not injured.

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