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Driver involved in Saturday standoff taken into custody

A standoff between the driver of a car and Anchorage police ended about 6:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Dimond Boulevard and Victor Road.
Published: May. 7, 2022 at 10:16 PM AKDT|Updated: May. 8, 2022 at 11:11 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A standoff between the driver of a car and Anchorage police ended about 6:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Dimond Boulevard and Victor Road.

According to a community alert, police arrested 36-year-old Kreston Neal after a short pursuit and prolonged incident where Neal refused to exit his vehicle. Police reported that they received multiple reports at 5:07 p.m. on Saturday of a gray Subaru Outback that was involved in a hit and run and attempting “to collide with pedestrians.”

Police wrote that Neal refused to stop and a short pursuit ensued. Police eventually stopped and blocked Neal’s vehicle in, then evacuated nearby drivers in an attempt to get Neal to peacefully surrender.

“After several attempts to get the suspect to step out of the vehicle K9 Ray was released and he apprehended the suspect,” police wrote. “However, the suspect still refused to exit the vehicle. Officers were then able to approach the vehicle and remove the suspect, taking him into custody.”

Police reported that Neal was agitated they believed he may have been under the influence, and that he resisted arrest for the duration of the incident. Police wrote that Neal was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, and that it “was determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance.”

Police wrote in the alert that Neal was later charged with felony eluding, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and multiple counts of leaving the scene of an accident and taken to Anchorage Correctional Complex.

During the arrest, police closed eastbound lanes of Dimond Boulevard between Arlene Street and Victor Road, along with one westbound lane of Dimond Boulevard.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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