ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Three undercover Anchorage Police Department vehicles were damaged Wednesday afternoon after they boxed in a car containing a drug suspect wanted on a felony warrant.
APD and Alaska State Troopers arrested 35-year-old Albert Samoa Maifea, of Anchorage, on multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to evade arrest in the vicinity of the Spenard post office, near the intersection of Minnesota Drive and Northern Lights Boulevard around 4:10 p.m.
Police said when the suspect’s car was trailed it accelerated recklessly and struck a police vehicle as an officer positioned a vehicle to block pedestrians on the sidewalk. The Honda also struck another civilian’s car and rammed three undercover APD vehicles while boxed in.
In a joint media release, APD and AST said Maifea was out on bail from an earlier case in which he was shot while brandishing a handgun at an Alaska State Trooper during an eluding incident in Wasilla on 7-4-12.
His girlfriend was not charged or arrested, after investigators determined Maifea seized control of the car.
Law enforcement recovered a handgun and suspected methamphetamine from the vehicle.
He has been charged by Alaska State Troopers with misconduct involving a weapon 2nd degree, misconduct involving a controlled substance 3rd degree, violating conditions of release (3 counts) and driving with license revoked.
Anchorage Police Department has charged him with assault 3rd degree (6 counts), criminal mischief 3rd degree (6 counts), felony eluding, violating conditions of release and reckless driving.
Maifea will be arraigned Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Anchorage Jail Court.
KTUU's Neil Torquiano contributed to the Aug. 2 update to this story.