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Man arrested after long car chase through the streets of Fairbanks

Alaska State Troopers will put more patrols on the roadways this weekend.
Alaska State Troopers will put more patrols on the roadways this weekend.(Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 11:31 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers have arrested 43-year-old Eugene Johnson of Fairbanks after what they say was a long car chase covering a total distance of around 38 miles, according to a release from AST.

In a release on Daily Dispatch, AST said the Fairbanks Police Department received a tip on Sunday, Jan. 3, around 2 a.m. FPD attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Troopers said, but Johnson failed to stop. FPD then called off its pursuit.

A short time later, however, AST attempted to stop the same vehicle and again Johnson took off, according to the release. The chase lasted over an hour and covered about 38 miles throughout the Fairbanks area, ending on Goldstream.

AST said that during the chase, Johnson ran multiple red lights and stop signs, drove down wrong way streets, and almost hit two troopers with his vehicle. He also struck the patrol vehicle of another trooper.

Johnson was arrested and taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center, according to AST. He faces multiple charges including Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer, Assault, Reckless Driving, and a probation violation.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident, AST said.

AST is asking anyone to please contact the Fairbanks AST post if they were harmed during this incident by calling (907) 451-5100.

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