On Thursday, Alaska State Troopers reported on a vehicle theft incident that turned into a chase involving troopers and Anchorage police that occurred on Monday night.
Troopers responded to a Girdwood address after a man there reported that his 2009 Nissan Xterra had been stolen from the driveway of his residence. While investigating, troopers located the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on the Seward Highway.
Troopers pursued the suspect on the highway, and spike strips were deployed in an effort to stop the vehicle. But, the suspect avoided the spike strips and made it into the Anchorage area.
Anchorage police responded to assist troopers when the stolen vehicle was reported to have been in a hit-and-run incident within the city. Police located the vehicle, but the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Oregon resident Robert L. Phillips, took the officers on a foot chase. A K-9 Unit was dispatched and that unit would locate Phillips hiding in the area.[xyz-ihs snippet=”adsense-body-ad”]
An investigation into Phillips would find that he was the subject of an arrest warrant for Vehicle Theft I. It was also found that he was currently on probation for Vehicle Theft I and Eluding. As the investigation continued, it would also be found that Phillips Oregon driver’s licence was suspended and that he was wanted for failure to appear on Driving While License Suspended charges.
Phillips was arrested on charges of Vehicle Theft I, Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Police Officer, and Reckless Driving. He was transported to the Anchorage Jail where his bail was set at $10,000 cash, $5,000 c/c and a Court-approved Third Party Custodian.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adversal-468×60″]