Correction: This article had been changed to reflect the following corrections. According to trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen the second stolen vehicle, the GMC, was not running when it was taken. Also, the first stolen vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado, was reported stolen previous to the burglary.
FAIRBANKS — Two Fairbanks men are suspected of breaking into a Chena Ridge home and beating up a man Tuesday night. One allegedly led Alaska State Troopers on a 2-mile foot chase through a wooded area in deep snow.
The case is under investigation and the motive for the assault was not immediately clear, trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.
“As you can imagine, it was a pretty convoluted scene,” she said.
Both men initially were arrested for allegedly violating probation, but one was released from jail Thursday, according to a Fairbanks Correctional Center booking officer.
Kyle Curtin, 26, and Cody Ladig, 33, both of Fairbanks, reportedly broke into the home of a man they knew on Chena-Ester Ditch Road and beat and choked a 30-year-old resident, according to a trooper news release.
Troopers responded to the call at 11:53 p.m. As they arrived, Curtin and Ladig left in a stolen Chevrolet Silverado from the home. They crashed the vehicle into a ditch, according to troopers.
The Silverado has previously reported stolen but it was not immediately clear if Curtin and Ladig stole it, Ipsen said.
Curtin and Ladig fled on foot. Troopers quickly caught Ladig, but Curtin continued to flee through the trees and stole another vehicle, a GMC Sierra.
Curtin reportedly drove to the end of a dead-end road, left the vehicle and fled into the woods again, with troopers following. The foot pursuit covered about 2 miles and lasted almost an hour in sub-zero temperatures, thick brush and knee-deep snow, troopers said.
Troopers eventually caught Curtin, who had lost both of his shoes and was suffering from frostbite. He was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Curtin is being held on an alleged probation violation. Ladig was held on a probation violation charge and released Thursday, according to the Fairbanks Correctional Center records.
Curtin previously pleaded guilty to fleeing from troopers on the same street, Chena-Ester Ditch Road, in August. After that incident, which ended with a collision with a trooper vehicle, Curtin was sentenced to serve four months in jail. He was released Nov. 14.
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