Eluding Suspect Found After Two-Day Search in Northern Kenai Peninsula
The suspect that Alaska State Troopers were searching for earlier this week in the Northern Kenai Peninsula near Turnagain Arm has been found and transported to an Anchorage Hospital.
Monday afternoon, troopers observed a stolen vehicle near Bird Point that troopers believed it was being driven by 36-year-old James Lee III of Anchorage.
Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers said that Lee has three felony AST warrants with bail totaling $55,000 for theft, vehicle theft, burglary, escape, and fraud. Troopers then attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle at mile 100 of the Seward Highway. The vehicle failed to yield and continued southbound on the Seward Highway. Spike strips were deployed and the stolen truck was stopped at mile 77.
Mr. Lee immediately fled on foot into the woods on the west side of the Seward Highway between the Placer River and Ingram Creek with AST in pursuit. He was not dressed for the elements or terrain. Troopers, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Marshals and the Anchorage Police Department searched the area for hours with negative results. During the search, a U.S. Forest Service Officer fell and sustained minor injuries. An Alaska State Trooper was also treated for exposure as a precaution. Both were treated at Providence Medical Hospital and released
Yesterday afternoon, at 1:30, the Alaska State Troopers in Girdwood were notified that there was man at the Tesoro gas station in Girdwood reporting he had wrecked his snowmachine in the backcountry and needed medical assistance.
This man, later identified as Lee, had walked to the road and flagged down a motorist who drove him to the gas station in Girdwood.
Lee was transported to a hospital in Anchorage for treatment of hypothermia and exposure.