WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - A man is in custody following an altercation at a home in Wasilla and an intense car chase on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, troopers said in a dispatch message. The man was finally apprehended after authorities laid down spike strips.
Troopers say they first got the 911 call just before 2 a.m. on Monday, with the caller saying there was a man at a home off of Scatters Way in Wasilla. They alleged that the man was “threatening the occupants with a firearm” according to the Alaska State Troopers.
During the course of the investigation, troopers discovered that Jacob Gearing, 28, “had forced his way into the residence” at some point that night. The homeowner reportedly retrieved a gun to fend off the home invader, later identified as Gearing.
That’s when, AST said, Gearing disarmed the woman, and took control of the firearm. He pointed it at the homeowner and one other occupant in the house, troopers said. At some point, Gearing took off, taking the gun with him as he made his getaway. It was around this time that the troopers responded to the residence, and “observed the suspect leaving the area at a high rate of speed.”
That rate of speed would only continue to climb, as troopers began pursuit of the fleeing vehicle. Troopers say they attempted a traffic stop on the car, but it blew past them at speeds upwards of 104 mph. This chase continued for approximately 25 miles before spike strips were “successfully deployed” and the car came to a stop. It was then determined that the vehicle that Gearing was driving was reported stolen out of Wasilla.
Gearing was arrested at the scene and charged with multiple crimes, including burglary, assault, eluding arrest, theft, vehicle theft, and reckless driving.