Man arrested after allegedly causing accident, trying to flee on foot


Alaska State Troopers

WASILLA — A 36-year old Wasilla man was arrested on multiple charges after a Wednesday night chase and collision involving three vehicles.

According to Alaska State Troopers (AST) dispatch, William Ratcliff refused to yield to police after they attempted to stop him. Troopers said they observed Ratcliff driving near the intersection of Parks and Palmer-Wasilla highways and were aware of an outstanding arrest warrant on him stemming from charges of first-degree eluding and reckless endangerment. As police attempted to stop Ratcliff, they said he refused to yield.

As Ratcliff neared the Parks and Palmer-Wasilla Highway intersection, troopers said he collided with two stopped vehicles as he tried to drive between them. Troopers say at that point, Ratcliff took off on foot but was taken into custody after a short pursuit. He was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial facility on a no-bail parole warrant and also charged with third-degree assault and motor vehicle collision causing damage. Troopers continue their investigation.

Two arrested after pursuit in Houston

WASILLA — Alaska State Troopers (AST) arrested two Wasilla men on a number of charges after leading police on a short pursuit in Houston early Wednesday.

According to AST dispatch, troopers were following up on a REDDI report near Mile 54 of the Parks Highway shortly after midnight and reported the driver, later identified as 48-year old Kevin Marshall Wheeler, failed to yield. Police report a short pursuit ensued ending at a Corn Street residence. At that point, troopers state Wheeler fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.

An investigation revealed Wheeler had a no-bail felony arrest warrant for probation violation on the original charges of two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, harming a police dog, two counts of second-degree theft and providing false information.

Further investigation by police at the residence led to the recovery of two stolen vehicles on the property. Troopers also discovered 33-year old Steven Lee Bennett hiding on a crawl space inside the house. Police said Bennett had an outstanding parole violation arrest warrant on the original charge of second-degree theft.

Both men were remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. Police continue their investigation into the recovered stolen vehicles.

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