An early Tuesday morning street race brought an Alaska State Trooper to the Steese Highway where a different type of race began as soon as the patrol car’s lights started flashing.
The race was exceeding speeds of more than 80 miles per hour, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters, when the trooper pulled over one of the suspects around 4:20 a.m.
While attempting to apprehend one of the suspects, later identified as James Davenport, age 20 of Fairbanks, the trooper’s car was rear-ended by the other suspect involved in the race. The race didn’t stop there either, according to troopers.
As soon as the suspect struck the trooper vehicle, he immediately began to flee the scene, said Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters; however, the trooper was still working on apprehending Davenport.
The trooper quickly began his pursuit of the suspect that had rear-ended his vehicle with Davenport in tow. The second suspect had disappeared, though, Peters said.
Additional troopers were brought to the scene to search for the suspect when one of them discovered a face peering through frontage bushes along Birch Hill Road. According to Peters, the suspect, identified as Andrew Hendrix, age 18, of Fairbanks, had driven his vehicle off the road, abandoned it and fled on foot.
Troopers quickly apprehended Hendrix, charging him with three counts of third-degree assault, leaving the scene of a crime, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a minor consuming alcohol. Davenport was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Both were cited for racing.