Alaska State Troopers investigating alleged hit and run in Fairbanks

Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 4:09 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2020 at 4:51 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Alaska State Troopers detained a man in Fairbanks on Monday afternoon after he allegedly hit a car with his truck on Geist Road, and then fled the scene. According to an eye witness, the suspect than struck another vehicle before losing control.

“Missed the guy on the left of him, went over the center median, and then went into the ditch, got out of his truck and started running down the street,” said Brittany Hunziker who witnessed the incident.

Our reporter witnessed the incident, seeing an Alaska State Trooper run across the road and place the suspect in handcuffs before seating him in the back of his patrol car. Other troopers soon arrived to help with the investigation and interview eyewitnesses.

The suspect had allegedly struck a vehicle at a near-by Holiday gas station before fleeing the scene of that accident. According to one of the victims whose car was hit, he was rear ended by the man before the vehicle lost control, striking a road sign and then crashing into another car before ending up in the ditch.

Troopers on scene said that the truck the suspect was driving had been reported as stolen earlier in the day.

Troopers on scene were unable to provide an interview at the time. A post to AST Dispatch later that day identified the driver of the stolen vehicle as a 17-year-old juvenile. He was charged with, vehicle theft in the first degree, First degree failure to stop, two counts of assault third degree, leaving an accident with an injury, two counts of failing to stop at an accident, reckless driving, and two drug related charges. He was taken to the Fairbanks Youth Facility.

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