A Nikiski man has been charged with reckless endangerment after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase, according to an affidavit filed at the Kenai courthouse on April 4, 2019.
Trevor Hallstead, 24, was allegedly driving more than 100 mph while being pursued by troopers through Nikiski. At around 5 a.m. on April 4, a trooper was driving on Wik Road in Nikiski and was approaching the intersection with the Kenai Spur Highway when a vehicle sped past the intersection. The trooper pursued the vehicle and, according to the affidavit, initially clocked it at 80 mph. The vehicle eventually turned onto North Miller Loop and the trooper reported speeds of over 70 mph as he followed the vehicle around curves.
According to the affidavit, the vehicle then turned onto Holt Lamplight Road and began driving on the wrong side of the road. The trooper in pursuit reported speeds of over 100 mph down Holt Lamplight, with the vehicle allegedly on the opposite side of the road during portions of the pursuit. According the affidavit, the vehicle in question sped up after the trooper turned on his lights and siren.
The pursuit continued down Parsons Avenue and then Island Lake Road and while on Island Lake another vehicle was forced to pull over to avoid being hit by the speeding driver while going around a curve, according to troopers.
The vehicle eventually turned down Blockade Glacier Road and evaded the trooper in pursuit. A short while later, a resident of Blockade Glacier Road called to report a suspicious vehicle in their driveway. Troopers arrived at the residence to find Hallstead walking away from the scene, according to the affidavit. Troopers identified Hallstead as the driver and placed him under arrest. Hallstead told troopers that he had no insurance on the vehicle, and Hallstead was also driving with a passenger in the car, troopers reported.
Hallstead faces one count of reckless driving, a specially classified misdemeanor, one count of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, one count of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, a Class C felony, and one count of motor vehicle liability insurance requirement, a specially classified misdemeanor.