An 18-year-old driver in a gray, 2008 Ford Mustang reached speeds of 140 mph Monday night and almost ran into four vehicles during a high-speed chase with Alaska State Troopers.
The driver has been identified and charges for felony eluding and multiple counts of reckless driving are pending.
Troopers ask that anyone almost hit by the Mustang during the chase please contact them, as the driver could face felony assault charges for the incident.
According to trooper Sgt. Aaron Mobley, troopers tried to stop the Mustang after seeing it speeding at 110 mph on Geist Road at 8:39 p.m. The driver took off and reached speeds in excess of 120 mph as he headed eastbound on the Johansen Expressway. He turned south on the Steese Highway, ran a red light at Trainor Gate Road, and ran another red light as he turned into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes of College Road.
The driver almost collided head-on with three cars before getting onto the correct, westbound side of College Road at the Old Steese Highway intersection. He got back onto the Johansen Expressway at the College Road onramp and sped westbound, running a light at Danby Road and reaching speeds of 140 mph. He ran a red light at the University Avenue intersection and almost T-boned a car, according to Mobley. He headed south on University Avenue until turning east on the Mitchell Expressway.
Troopers and Fairbanks police tried to set up spike strips but the driver successfully eluded them by taking side roads before getting back onto the Mitchell Expressway, according to Mobley. The driver eventually turned onto South Cushman and headed north toward Airport Way. Law enforcement broke off the chase at that point for safety reasons.
The driver was later turned in by his parents and made a statement to troopers. He surrendered his license and the keys to the Mustang at that time.
Troopers can be reached at 451-5100.
Contacts staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.