A man driving a stolen truck reportedly led Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks police on a high-speed chase to North Pole and back Tuesday morning.
According to a news release issued by troopers, Josiah William Thurston, 18, of Fairbanks, reached speeds of up to 115 mph on the Richardson Highway during the chase.
Thurston is charged with felony first-degree vehicle theft, felony failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, felony third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree drugs misconduct and violating conditions of release.
The chase started at 10:33 a.m. after a trooper spotted a man later identified as Thurston driving a stolen pickup truck near Rickert Street, in the South Cushman area. The trooper attempted to stop Thurston, who fled from Fairbanks to Badger Road before turning back toward Fairbanks.
Fairbanks police set up multiple spike strips but Thurston avoided them by veering off the road, according to the news release. A trooper deployed another spike strip at the intersection of Steese Highway and 10th Street. Thurston once again veered off the road, forcing the trooper to jump off the road to avoid being hit.
Thurston was unable to avoid the spike strip, which deflated the truck's two passenger-side tires. Thurston fled on foot after coming to a stop at Trainor Gate Road and Farewell Street but was quickly taken into custody, according to troopers.
The truck, which was damaged after hitting a road sign during the chase, was released to its owner. No injuries were reported.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-75682. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.