SIX POLICE CARS IN SEVEN DAYS RAMMED
Just before 1 am on Memorial Day, Michael R. A. Pope was said to be standing with a group of men in the Russian Jack neighborhood of Anchorage, when a disturbance broke out. That’s when he shot off several rounds before leaving in a red Dodge Ram pickup.
Police received calls from neighbors who were hunkered down on San Fernando Street, a neighborhood of stick-built apartment complexes.
A police officer spotted the truck driving through the Costco parking lot on Debarr Road, which is only couple of blocks away, and attempted to stop it in the Northway Mall parking lot, but the driver, 34-year-old Pope, was having none of it. He attempted to evade, ramming several police cars and a civilian Subaru in the process.
He then jumped from his truck and ran, with officers in pursuit. Eventually they used the taser on him, but it had no effect, and he continued running toward the 3200 block of Penland Parkway, where he ran into a patrol car. He fought the officers trying to contain him and they took him to the ground as he resisted arrest. Eventually they used handcuffs and leg irons on him to get him to stop resisting. The police took him to the hospital to be evaluated before being taken to jail.
Three patrol cars and the Subaru were damaged. As officers looked inside the truck, they saw a rifle in plain view. As a convicted felon, Pope is not allowed to possess a firearm.
He was also found to have absconded from probation/parole from an earlier violation.
Pope was issued citations for No Insurance and Driving on a Revoked License. He was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on charges of Assault III, Fail to Stop, Reckless Driving, Resist by Force, Misconduct Involving a Weapon I, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III, Operating Under the Influence, and Criminal Mischief IV. He also had an outstanding felony warrant for Operating Under the Influence.
Pope has a string of prior encounters with the law. In 2003, he pled guilty to eluding a police officer, driving without a license, underage consuming. In 2004, it was car theft in Wasilla, and then violating probation conditions. By 2008, it was misdemeanor harassment. He was in and out of jail in 2012 on various charges, and continued to have run-ins with the law.
Then there were charges and court proceedings over sexual abuse of a minor, indecent exposure, and related charges whereby he became a felon. Life has definitely been going in the wrong direction for Pope.
SIX COP CARS IN SEVEN DAYS RAMMED BY PUNKS
Just last week, another incident occurred where a suspect rammed three police cars in an effort to escape, and also wrecked the Suburban he was driving, which was reportedly stolen.
Torey Tuttle, who has a long history with police, is in custody after this mayhem broke out on the 600 block of East 16th Avenue. His next court date is June 12.