FAIRBANKS – An alleged car thief was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a more than hour-long foot chase in 20-below temperatures near Cantwell, Alaska State Troopers said.
Samuel A. Wade, 20, of Wasilla, was the driver of a stolen vehicle found in a ditch at 201 Mile Parks Highway at 2:02 p.m., according to a trooper news release.
Wade was given a ride by a passing motorist who he didn’t know and troopers were able to identify the vehicle that picked him up and make a traffic stop, trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.
Wade fled the vehicle on foot, and troopers began tracking him with their dog, Argo. During the search, a resident near the intersection of the Denali and Parks highways said a man who matched Wade’s description was on their property, Ipsen said.
Troopers started tracking again, and this time, Argo led them to a vacant cabin off the Denali Highway where Wade fled again and Argo caught him, she said.
Wade experienced frostbite and hypothermia. He was treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital before he was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center, troopers said.
Wade had an existing warrant for second-degree felony escape. He faces additional charges including vehicle theft, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. He is being on $10,000 bail with a required third-party custodian.
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