A Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately report resulted in a standoff on the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction on Friday night.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the REDDI report indicated there was a possibly impaired driver that might be armed in the Delta Junction area. A responding trooper located the suspect vehicle in a driveway near Milepost 1420 of the Alaska Highway shortly after 6:30 p.m., less than a mile from the Delta Junction Trooper Post. The trooper was unable to get the driver of the vehicle to exit the vehicle.
Additional troopers were requested, and after multiple attempts the driver failed to exit the vehicle as requested. Numerous requests could be heard from a loudspeaker by troopers for the individual to show their hands and exit the vehicle.
Troopers said after the incident that there was the possibility that the individual didn’t understand English well, and arrangements were made for someone who spoke Ukrainian to issue the orders to the individual.
After the individual continued to ignore requests by troopers to exit the vehicle, the Special Emergency Response Team was requested and responded to the scene to assist with removing the individual from the vehicle. About three hours after the standoff began, the individual was removed from the vehicle without incident.
The name of the individual was not immediately available.
Troopers took the individual to the Delta Trooper post where he was to be charged with DUI and misconduct involving a weapon. The investigation is continuing, and additional charges may be forthcoming.
Fire and EMS personnel responded to assist with traffic control along the Alaska Highway, which was closed for about three hours and to stand by if the incident required medical response.
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