Police arrest alleged drunk driver and fugitive in separate incidents

A Juneau man was arrested after allegedly crashing his truck into another vehicle and a residence at 9.5 mile Glacier Highway.

The incident happened Sunday morning about 2 o’clock. The truck was spotted traveling at a high rate of speed before crashing.

Capital City Fire & Rescue’s Noah Jenkins said the Cadillac pick-up crashed into a Jeep Cherokee, pushing it into the side of a garage of the townhouse near Radcliffe Road. The two residents inside were sleeping and uninjured. But Jenkins says both vehicles were totaled and the residence sustained what he called ‘significant structural damage.’

Juneau Police Sargent Dominic Branson says officers had to chase the alleged driver who apparently fled on foot. They later found him at a nearby residence. Travis Lies, 22, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to give notice of an accident, and reckless endangerment.

He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center to await arraignment.

Also over the weekend, Juneau police reported arresting a Washington state man for second time. This time it was on a warrant for escaping from community custody.

Christopher Craig Johnson, 29, was arrested in a parking lot on Trout Street on Saturday night. Juneau police says he’s listed as a violent offender and was recently jailed for drug possession with intent to deliver. He was also taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held on bail as a fugitive from justice.

Three years ago, Juneau police say they arrested Johnson on a Washington state warrant for robbery and escape charges. Lieutenant Kris Sell says that earlier arrest happened when Johnson surrendered after a 6-hour standoff.

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