A Nikiski man who allegedly led Alaska State Troopers on a high-speed chase through Nikiski early Tuesday morning is facing charges of reckless driving and driving while under the influence, according to an Oct. 6 trooper affidavit filed in the Kenai Courthouse.
Michale Meyers, 21, of Nikiski, was driving northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning when he passed a trooper patrol vehicle at more than 90 miles an hour, according to the dispatch.
Meyers headed northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway, according to the affidavit, reaching speeds of more than 120 miles per hour. Kenai Spur Highway has a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour.
Troopers reported that at one point during the pursuit, Meyers turned off the lights on his truck and turned onto Island Lake Road where he reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The posted speed limit on Island Lake Road is 35 miles per hour.
Troopers said Meyers was driving in both lanes of traffic down Island Lake Road, causing several cars to pull over and yield to the pursuit. He eventually turned onto Holt Lamplight Road, driving more than 120 miles per hour, they said.
Troopers deployed a tire deflation device at the intersection of Holt Lamplight Road and the Kenai Spur Highway, which deflated both tires of Meyers’ truck as he attempted to turn left onto the highway, according to the dispatch.
Meyers allegedly tried to turn back onto Island Lake Road, but failed to make the turn due to damage to his tires and ended up stuck in a ditch.
Troopers reported that Meyers had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol and that empty alcohol beverages were seen inside Meyers vehicle. Meyers allegedly admitted to drinking and said he ran from troopers because he was afraid of getting a speeding ticket and a DUI, according to the affidavit.
Meyers was taken to the trooper station in Soldotna where agreed to a breathalyzer test, which showed a breath alcohol level of .133, troopers reported.
Meyers was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of first-degree failure to stop at the direction of peace officer, reckless driving and driving under the influence.