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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:44 pm

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man with a history of evading law enforcement officers led Alaska State Troopers on a nearly half-hour chase in South Fairbanks early Monday morning, running multiple red lights and stop signs before finally being arrested after driving over a spike strip.

Trever Paul Edstrom, 44, was charged with first-degree failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, a felony, and driving with a revoked license after troopers finally stopped him.

A patrol trooper on Van Horn Road attempted to pull Edstrom over for ignoring a stop sign at 12:25 a.m. Edstrom, driving a Dodge Durango, continued at slow speed as the trooper followed with emergency lights on, according to charging documents.

Edstrom drove 25-30 mph, running several red lights and stop signs, as the trooper pursued him through South Fairbanks. At one point, Edstrom sped up to 60 mph on Lathrop Street and swerved to avoid a spike strip at Van Horn Road and Cushman Street. The chase reached speeds of 80-85 mph on the Old Richardson Highway before Edstrom ran over a spike strip near Bay Street. Edstrom continued to elude troopers with deflated tires before going into a ditch at the Old Richardson Highway and Henry Street.

According to documents, Edstrom told troopers he didn’t stop because he was on parole and he knew he would go to jail. He said he drove slowly early in the chase because he was calling friends to let them know he was going to jail.

When he was done using the phone, Edstrom told troopers, he wanted to “have some fun” by leading troopers on a high-speed chase. He eluded troopers for 27 minutes, ran four red lights and failed to stop at five stop signs. After going in the ditch, Edstrom said he contemplated running away to make troopers shoot him.

A criminal background check by troopers showed that Edstrom has three previous convictions for eluding and evading.

Troopers also noted in the criminal complaint that both Edstrom and his passenger smelled of heating fuel.

Contact staff writer Tim Mowry at 459-7587.

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