Palmer man charged with trying to kill state trooper

    Palmer, Alaska (KINY) Speeds reached 105 miles per hour in a high speed chase Friday afternoon that left three Trooper vehicles damaged and a police K-9 injured.

    Russell Blakeman, 33, was charged with failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, attempted murder in the first degree, five counts of assault in the third degree, harming a police dog in the second degree and resisting arrest.

    A dispatch from Alaska State Troopers said Blakeman was driving a 2008 silver Hyundai that failed to stop on the Old Glenn Highway.  The original chase was discontinued near the Glenn Highway and Old Glenn Highway.  About 20 minutes later Troopers spotted the speeding car again and gave chase a second time.  This time the vehicle went out of control near mile marker 33.5 and struck two light poles and sideswiped a trooper vehicle. 

    The dispatch also reported that Blakeman still refused to stop and tried to run over a State Trooper who was in the median trying to deploy spike strips. The chase ended when the Hyundai slammed into a parked Trooper K9 unit vehicle.  K-9 Skippy, who was inside the vehicle at the time, suffered minor injury.

    Blakeman was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility and was held without bail.

     

     

     

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