At 8 am on Wednesday morning, a call went in and troopers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle as well as stolen property on Ship Creek and Tanana Drive in North Fairbanks.
Troopers were conducting their investigation at the scene when a “beat up orange-red Ford pickup truck” with a stake bed loaded with firewood and furniture drove past the scene. The complainant in the case identified the property in the back as belonging to them.
Troopers attempted to flag down the vehicle and pull it over, but the driver of the vehicle ignored the troopers commands and sped away in the vehicle. Troopers took up pursuit and followed the vehicle down Miller Hill Road until reaching a dead end. When the vehicle reached that point, both the driver and a passenger in the vehicle bailed out and attempted to flee.
The passenger of the vehicle was not successful in evading the officers and was detained near the vehicle. But, the driver crossed Goldstream Creek and vanished into the woods.
A K-9 Unit was brought in to search for the fleeing suspect as was the UAF Police, Fairbanks Police, BLM Rangers and trooper helicopter Helo-2.
Despite having substantial assets looking for the suspect, they were ultimately unsuccessful in locating him.
Troopers have released a description of the man and say that he is a white male age 25 to 35-years-old. He is described as having long black hair and facial hair. He is said to be wearing a black sleeveless tanktop and dark jeans.
Troopers are unsure of the owner of the vehicle as it lacks a registration despite the fact that it has been bought and sold several times.
Troopers are asking the public to contact them at (907) 451-5100 if they have information to provide on the suspect.
Following the termination of the active search, the passenger in the vehicle was released from custody.