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A Wasilla man is being held on felony DUI charges after Alaska State Troopers say he almost hit a trooper's patrol cruiser Thursday night, starting a chase in which he ultimately tried to walk away from his vehicle.

In an AST dispatch released late Thursday troopers say a 2001 black Ford Ranger pickup truck, driven by 57-year-old Dennis Mahoney, crossed the center line “nearly striking a patrol car.” AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the trooper involved in the incident, near Pittman Road’s intersection with Sunrise Place, was Trooper Pierre Burkett.

“(Burkett) activated his overhead light and siren and the driver fled,” troopers wrote. “The pursuit concluded on Sunrise Road in Wasilla and (Mahoney) exited his vehicle attempting to flee the trooper. Investigation revealed Mahoney was driving under the influence and his license was revoked.”

Peters says in an email to Channel 2 that the chase following the near-collision also involved speeding in low-speed areas.

“Burkett had to swerve to get out of the way,” Peters wrote. “The man drove approximately 10 more miles. Speeds reached about 55 in speed zones posted at 25 and 45 mph.”

The portion of the chase on foot, however, was markedly shorter.

“The man was walking away,” Peters wrote. “(H)e didn’t get very far.”

Mahoney was ultimately remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he has been held on felony charges of DUI, eluding and refusing a breath test; he is also charged with driving with a revoked license. His bail has been set at $5,000 cash or corporate, as well as a $2,000 cash performance bond.