A man wanted by New Mexico authorities has been charged with multiple crimes in Fairbanks after reportedly driving in the oncoming lane of traffic on Chena Ridge Road late Tuesday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Thor Odegaard, 41, of Oregon, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, both of them felonies. His DUI charge was elevated to a felony because he has more than two prior DUI convictions. The charge of failure to stop at the direction of a police officer was elevated to a felony because it reportedly occurred while Odegaard was driving recklessly.
Odegaard was also arrested as a fugitive from justice.
A troopers news release Wednesday states that troopers received a report at 11:41 p.m. Tuesday that a vehicle was driving the wrong way on Chena Ridge Road. Troopers responded and tried to get the vehicle to stop.
"The vehicle attempted to elude AST, driving recklessly, subsequently striking an AST vehicle," the trooper news release reads.
Troopers said a breath sample showed that Odegaard's alcohol breath level registered at 0.248. A reading above 0.08 is a violation of the law.
The New Mexico court system has issued a warrant for Odegaard's arrest related to several charges in connection with a vehicle accident in which he reportedly was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the court system's website. Odegaard failed to show for court hearings in Albuquerque District Court.
Odegaard is being held without bail in Alaska pending extradition to New Mexico.
His arraignment on the Alaska charges is scheduled for this afternoon in Fairbanks.
Contact staff writer Rod Boyce at 459-7585.