K9 Echo Apprehends Fleeing Wasilla Motorist

A Wasilla man thought he could make good his getaway from a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Thursday but didn’t count on the tracking abilities of K9 Unit “Echo.”

Alaska State Troopers attempted a traffic stop on a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta at 1:35 am on Thursday morning, but rather than stop, the driver, later identified as 29-year-old Chance Gypin, of Wasilla, elected to flee and took his chances. From the attempted traffic stop on Peck Road near Bogard Road, Gypin took troopers on a high-speed chase for several miles.

But the car chase would come to an end when he ended up in the ditch, and Gypin turned the pursuit into a chase on foot. But, the foot-chase came to an end when Echo” came to the assistance and tracked down Gypin.

Gypin was taken into custody and housed at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility with no bail pending arraignment on Felony Eluding charges.