If you were
driving past Bell’s Flats on your way into or out of town Tuesday morning, you
may have noticed the AC Express store was closed, and appeared to have some
damage around the front door. If you had looked closer, you might have seen the
detached front bumper of a 2004 Chevy Cavalier – complete with license plate –
glance may have indicated an attempt to break into the convenience and liquor
store – which it was, but it turns out to have been just one incident in a
night-long string of events that landed a Kodiak man in jail, charged with four
felonies and six misdemeanors, including domestic violence, criminal mischief
and reckless driving.
to Alaska State Trooper reports, the 33-year-old Kodiak man reportedly threatened
his estranged wife with a knife at her home on Spruce Cape Road at about 4:30
Tuesday morning, but left before an off-duty trooper arrived. Trooper Boyd
Branch later spotted the man’s car and pursued him in what turned out to be a
40-minute, high-speed chase at over 100 miles per hour. It did not end when the
suspect repeatedly rammed into the AC Express. The car was later found abandoned several
miles away on Tom Stiles Road near Lake Louise.
Troopers, Coast Guard Military Police and the Kodiak Police Department’s K9
unit searched for the man, he was not found – that is until he turned himself
in at the Kodiak Police Station that evening. He was subsequently arrested, lodged
in the jail and arraigned at the Kodiak Court House yesterday afternoon. His
bail was set at $5,000 cash with the condition he have a third-party custodian
with him at all times and have no contact with his soon-to-be ex-wife.
the store is estimated at around $10,000 and damage to the car at about $2,000.