Defendant in June car chase indicted on 32 counts

An Anchorage man arrested for using a stolen credit card after leading troopers on a car chase in June was back in court Monday.

Alaska State Troopers say Bryson McEneaney, 28, fled from them and members of the Soldotna Police Department for several hours on the morning of June 24 after being reported for erratic driving, according to a trooper dispatch. He was arrested later that morning when Soldotna police responded to a report of a man using a stolen credit card at Fred Meyer in Soldotna.

He was indicted on 32 charges by a grand jury in July. They range from misdemeanors to felonies and include charges of vehicle theft, reckless driving, burglary, misconduct involving controlled substances, use of a stolen credit card, providing an officer with false information and more, according to the indictment.

Defense Attorney Josh Cooley asked for a 30-day extension in McEneaney’s case, which Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman granted.

Craig Sparks with the Kenai District Attorney’s Office said he was not inclined to rush the case, as the state hopes to resolve several issues before trial.

“We have probably almost 30 witnesses,” Sparks said.

According to court documents, the car chase ended when McEneaney crashed into a tree on Funny River Road in Soldotna.

He and a passenger then fled on foot and allegedly broke into a home about one-tenth of a mile from where the car crashed, where troopers say he took shoes, items from a purse and a Ford Escape.

If convicted of the charges against him, McEneaney could face up to about 91 years in prison and a fine of up to $910,000.

McEneaney also has an open case in Anchorage, where last year he was charged with theft, vehicle theft and driving without a valid license, according to Courtview.

Reach Megan Pacer at

More in News

Kenai Finance Director Terry Eubank, left, and Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander present during a budget work session on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Flat mill rate, sales tax included in Kenai budget proposal

The budget proposal is subject to final approval by the Kenai City Council

Senate effectively kills restrictive transgender sports bill

Bipartisan group of senators votes to table controversial bill

Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, chair of the bicameral conference committee tasked with hammering out differences in the state’s budget bill, signs the committee report as members finished their work on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire
Committee compromises on PFD in budget plan

Members of the conference committee agreed Tuesday to a payment of about $3,800

Graduates laugh during teacher Jesse Bjorkman’s 2022 commencement address at Nikiski Middle/High School on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski Middle/High School graduates 31 students

The commencement ceremony was held Monday in the school gym

Peter Segall / Juneau Empire
Members of the Alaska House of Representatives on Saturday rejected the budget bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week. The bill will now go to a bicameral committee for negotiations, but the end of the legislative session is Wednesday.
House votes down Senate’s budget as end of session nears

State budget now goes to negotiating committee

Peter Segall / Juneau Empire
Candidate for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives Tara Sweeney, a Republican, was in Juneau on Monday and sat down with the Empire for an interview. Sweeney said the three main pillars of her campaign are the economy, jobs and healthy communities.
Sweeney cites experience in run for Congress

GOP candidate touts her history of government-related work

One tree stands in front of the Kenai Post Office on Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai taking down hazard beetle trees

The city hopes to leverage grant funds for most of the work

Former Alaska governor and current congressional hopeful Sarah Palin speaks with attendees at a meet-and-greet event outside of Ginger’s Restaurant on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Palin brings congressional bid to Soldotna

The former governor took time Saturday to sign autographs and take pictures with attendees

Most Read