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Fairbanks man who stole car, collided with Alaska State Trooper sentenced

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man was given a four-month time-served sentence this month for stealing a car and colliding with an Alaska State Trooper car during the summer.

According to court log notes of a sentencing earlier this month, Kyle Curtin, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of felony failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer as part of a plea agreement.

Charges of vehicle theft, drunken driving and assault were dismissed.

Curtin will be ordered to pay a yet-to-be-determined restitution.

Curtin stole a black 2012 Nissan Armada from a home on Chena Ester Ditch Road early on the morning of Aug. 26, but crashed the stolen vehicle into the owner’s other vehicle while leaving, waking up the owners and beginning a chase, according to the case against him.

As troopers pursued him, he drove into the front of a trooper cruiser, causing airbags to go off in both vehicles and totaling the troopers’ Crown Victoria.

Prosecutors have requested $70,000 restitution to buy a replacement for the trooper car to re-imburse insurance company USAA for damage to the two other vehicles.

Curtin could challenge this sum.

Prosecutors dismissed the charge against Curtin’s passenger, Edwin Hanson, 28, who had also been charged with vehicle theft.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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