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High speed pursuit results in collision on Seward Highway

Orange 2005 Ford Crown Victoria crashes into the guardrail and a stationary line of cars on...
Orange 2005 Ford Crown Victoria crashes into the guardrail and a stationary line of cars on April 30, 2017 / Video courtesy by Kelly Jeffreys. (KTUU)
Published: Apr. 30, 2017 at 10:56 PM AKDT
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Update - May 1, 2017:

Around 4:55 p.m., on Sunday, near mile 55 of Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers attempted to pull over an orange 2005 Ford Crown Victoria for a moving violation, according to a dispatch report.

Instead of yielding to AST, the orange Ford sped away northbound, which resulted in a pursuit.

According to the report, after pursuing the vehicle for approximately 20 miles, AST ahead directed traffic to stop in a line, as troopers deployed spike strips.

In order to avoid the spike strips, AST said the orange Ford swerved and smashed into a guardrail and a stationary black Dodge Durango. In turn, the black Dodge hit a white 2013 Ford pick-up.

No injuries were reported, according to the report.

The orange Ford then fled the Seward Highway southbound, with troopers still in pursuit. But by mile 62, AST disabled the suspect vehicle.

The driver was arrested, when attempting to flee the scene, on foot, according to AST.

The driver, identified as Reily W. Arambul, 21, of Homer, was charged with a DUI, fail to stop, reckless driving, assault, leaving the scene of an accident and having no vehicle insurance. Moreover, Arambul also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Arambul was transported to the Anchorage jail, and the suspect vehicle was impounded, said AST.

Original Story - April 30, 2017:

A suspect vehicle collided with several other drivers during a high-speed police pursuit, along the Seward Highway on Sunday, according to a woman who witnessed the crash.

Kelly Jeffreys said she was travelling southbound on the highway, with her husband, in a DOT Ford pickup, when an Alaska State Trooper vehicle sped past them and directed them to pull over, near Turnagain Pass.

She said the troopers then began to roll out a spike strip, across the roadway.

As they were waiting, Jeffreys said they were joined at the side of the road by other travelers. A Dodge Durango parked next to them and another truck, towing a trailer, pulled up in front of them.

The suspect vehicle, described as an orange Crown Victoria, appeared several minutes later. Jeffreys said she thinks the car was going over 100 mph, when it ran over the spike strips and spun out of control, slamming into the Durango next to them and hitting guardrails.

The suspect vehicle continued driving after the collision, and made it to the area of the Hope Bridge, about 20 miles away, before authorities caught up with it, Jeffreys said.

While Jeffreys said her truck sustained minimal damage, she said the Durango was totaled from the collision. Jeffreys said she and her family were shaken up by the incident, but did not mention injuries during a phone call with KTUU.

Alaska State Troopers did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Channel 2, on Sunday.