Facts: High-Speed Chase

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Kelly Lambson

  • Over 350 people are killed in the United States each year in high-speed chases. 42% of persons killed or injured in police pursuits are members of the general public not involved in the chase.

  • 50% of all pursuit collisions occur within the first 2 minutes of the pursuit, and more than 70% of all pursuit collisions occur before the sixth minute of the chase.

  • Copper Center, with a population of about 370 people, has long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -74 to 96.

  • The sockeye salmon occurs in the North Pacific and Arctic oceans and associated freshwater systems. There is a growing sport fishery for sockeye salmon throughout Alaska. Sockeye are highly prized by sport anglers for their tenacious fighting ability as well as food quality.

  • It is unlawful to intentionally snag or attempt to snag any fish in fresh water. Fish unintentionally hooked elsewhere than the mouth must be released immediately. "Snag" means to hook a fish elsewhere than in the mouth.

  • The Glacier to Tonsina Lake section of Tonsina River is 41 miles long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater, which is one of the most difficult, expert-level ratings. Even in summer, temperatures regularly dip into the 40s overnight. In winter, overnight temperatures can reach as low as -20s.

  • In 2009, 81 people were injured white water rafting accidents in the United States. Of these, 64 were fatalities.

  • The mortality rate for moderate to severe hypothermia is 40%. Approximately 700 people die in the United States from accidental primary hypothermia each year. Alaska has the highest incidence of hypothermia related deaths in the nation.

  • The Seward Highway stretches 127 miles between Anchorage and Seward and is a main tourist destination within the state.

  • Seward has a population of just under 6,000 and is situated on Resurrection Bay on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula, 125 highway miles south of Anchorage. It lies at the foot of Mount Marathon, and is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Winter temperatures average from 17 to 38; summer temperatures average 49 to 63. Annual precipitation includes 66 inches of rain and 80 inches of snowfall.

  • The possession of 1-4oz of marijuana results in a misdemeanor charge in Alaska. This charge can typically result in a 90-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine.

  • In 2008, 38% of motor vehicle fatalities in Alaska were alcohol related. The national average of 37%.

  • The city of Bethel is the main port of the Kuskokwim River in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Bethel serves as the regional hub for 56 surrounding Native villages.

  • Traditional Yup’ik Eskimo practices and language continue to be part of everyday life in Bethel. Subsistence activities provide most residents with their food supply—salmon, freshwater fish, game birds and berries. Slowly, Western ways of daily life are making their way into Bethel. Many residents now have running water and indoor plumbing and electricity. There are two radio stations, a health clinic, and a newspaper in Bethel.

  • Bootlegging of alcohol into dry villages is big business. A fifth of R&R, which sells for $10 in Anchorage, can sell for as much as $300 in a dry village in the tundra. Many residents also make their own illegal homebrew, mixing liquor with flavoring like concentrated grape juice, and sell it for around $50 a bucket.

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    High-Speed Chase

    Troopers pursue a felon in a high-speed chase and track down lawbreakers across Alaska’s dense wilderness.

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