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Two trooper vehicles damaged during pursuit of suspected car thief in Fairbanks

Two Alaska State Trooper vehicles in Fairbanks were disabled following a high speed chase of a...
Two Alaska State Trooper vehicles in Fairbanks were disabled following a high speed chase of a stolen car.
Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 3:39 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Alaska State Troopers arrested a Fairbanks man following a highspeed chase that left two trooper vehicles undriveable due to damage. Lawrence Perdue, 33, was charged with numerous crimes including failure to stop, reckless driving, third degree assault and vehicle theft after allegedly leading troopers on a 15 mile high speed chase in which he struck two patrol vehicles.

Troopers were alerted to a stolen car driving near Peger Road and Davis Road, the car had been reported as stolen at gun point a few days earlier. Troopers located the vehicle near South Cushman and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle instead sped away eventually driving down the Parks Highway into incoming traffic at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. According to charging documents several vehicles had to use evasive actions to avoid being hit head on.

Troopers eventually conducted a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. Perdue, who was allegedly driving the vehicle, then continued to attempt to drive — striking a trooper vehicle. The stolen vehicle then reversed toward troopers who had there guns drawn, striking another trooper vehicle.

Charging documents say that Perdue and the passenger then exited the vehicle and surrendered to law enforcement. Two troopers were examined by EMS on scene and one trooper was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital as a precaution but was quickly released. Both trooper vehicles and the stolen vehicle sustained disabling damage according to court documents.

Perdue was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and charged with two counts of criminal mischief 3, one count of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, one count of reckless driving, one count of vehicle theft, four counts of assault 3, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of misconduct involving weapons 3.

Perdue told troopers that he knew he was driving a stolen vehicle and that they were trying to stop him. However, he denied being the one that used the gun during the original theft.

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