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Cronin: I'm going approximately 85 miles

an hour.

He's probably at about ninety.

He's about 300 yards in front of me.

Narrator: Under the midnight sun,

troopers find themselves in a

dangerous high-speed pursuit.

Cronin: Mat com 43, he just passed in a no

passing zone on the left.

Speed's 100.

Narrator: On the water, wildlife troopers

patrol a dangerous fishery.

Simeon: The water's really swift,

really cold.

A guy who goes in the water here doesn't

stand much of a chance.

Narrator: In Anchorage, police are on the

lookout for a pair of thieves.

PD: He's in there.

He's not giving anything.

K-9: Anchorage Police with a K-9!

If you're in this lot, speak to me now or

you're gonna get bit!

Hill: There's a time to be nice and there's a

time not to be nice.

Put your hands behind your back now!

Cronin: He's got a gun in his hand.

He's got a gun.

Put the gun down!

Put the gun down!

Narrator: It's a sixty-degree summer

evening in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley.

During the end of June, the sun barely sets,

just dipping below the horizon for a couple of


Trooper Lance Ewers patrols the streets

under the lingering evening sun.

Ewers: The sun is out for a long period of time.

It's my favorite time of year in Alaska,

because it's so sunny all the time.

Last night, for instance,

it didn't even get dark.

It got dusk and then the sun started coming

back up again.

It's a cool place to be this time of year.

Narrator: Longer days usually translate to

busier days for the troopers.

Ewers: People always up and people always out

and about.

It's a lot busier with just calls for service.

You know, in the wintertime we get the

same calls as we get in the summertime,

the same type of calls, but in the summertime I

think it's more frequent because

there's more people.

Narrator: As the sun begins to dip below the

horizon near midnight, Ewers' shift is just

beginning, but Trooper Tim Cronin's night is

already in full swing.

He's in pursuit of a vehicle that took off

when he tried to stop the driver for


Cronin: Did he turn off his lights?

Mat-com, 1B-43, I'm on Horizon,

I turned around on a vehicle and he took off

on me at a pretty high rate of speed.

I'm still trying to catch up to him.

Dispatch: 10-4.

Cronin: Mat-com 1B-43, he's a ways ahead of


I do have a fail to yield.

He's run multiple stop signs.

Dispatch: 10-4.

Do we have a vehicle description?

Cronin: It's maroon, it had one brake light.

It's moving over seventy miles an hour

on KGB when he passed me.

As soon as I turned around he turned up


He just turned left back on Horizon towards


High rate of speed, pealed through the stop


Dispatch: 10-4.

Cronin: Anything down side streets?

I got him, he's up here still.

Mat-com 43, we turned right on Overlook.

Where'd he go?

I think he turned right.

Or is that him over there?

Mat-com 43, he's moving at a high rate of speed

down Horizon towards KGB.

Dispatch: Copy, Horizon towards KGB.

Narrator: Even with the pedal to the floor,

Cronin struggles to catch up.

Cronin: Mat-com 43.

I'm going approximately 85 miles an hour.

He's probably at about ninety.

He's about 300 yards in front of me.

Dispatch: 10-4.

Narrator: High-speed chases are extremely

dangerous for both troopers and the

motoring public.

In the growing dark, it's critical to end

the chase quickly.

Dispatch: All units 10-33, 10-33,

10-3 NCIC.

Garcia: 31 copy, what's your twenty now?

Cronin: Passing Mile 14, still outbound.

Garcia: 10-4.

I'm going to try and hype my vehicle,

see if I can make it there before you.

Cronin: 10-4.

Mat-com 43, he just passed in a no-passing

zone on the left.

Speed is 100.

Passing Homestead.

Mat com 43, I am catching up at a pretty

good rate.

I am about 100 yards behind him now.

Narrator: After almost six miles,

Cronin catches the vehicle and the chase

takes a strange new turn.

Cronin: Mat-com 1B-43.

We're slowing down.

He's moving approximately ten miles

an hour.

Driver's moving extremely slowly.

Mat-com 43, driver put his hand out the window

to signal me, but he's still not stopping.

We're stopping at Gleason Lane.

Dispatch: Copy.

Stopped at Gleason.

Cronin: Driver, turn the vehicle off!

Keep your hands out the window.

Step out slowly.

Driver: I have my seatbelt on,

which one do you want?

Cronin: Reach down with your right hand.

Step out of the vehicle.

Now turn around.

Back up towards me.

Keep going.


Get down on your knees.

Put your hands behind your back.

Do not move.

Do you understand me?

Mat-com 43, I've got the driver out of the

vehicle at gunpoint.

Do not move, do you understand me?

Driver: Yes, sir.

Cronin: Good to move in?

Do not move!

Anyone else in the vehicle with you?

Driver: No, sir.

Cronin: Don't move.

Driver: Yes, sir.

Can I ask you a favor?

Cronin: Nope.

Driver: Can I have double cuffs?

Cronin: Right now you're gonna' have just


Driver: That's fine.

That's no problem.

Nobody else is in there.

Everyone's fine.

Cronin: Stay there.

Stay on your knees.

Driver: Yes, sir.


Narrator: With the driver in custody,

Cronin tries to figure out why he ran.

Cronin: Why are you driving erratically?

When I initially turned around on you,

I assume you saw me on Kennegoose Bay.

Driver: I didn't actually see you.

I broke up with my girlfriend yesterday,

was in the daytime.

I worked.

Helped my friend out today and I just had

the worst last three days of my life that

I've ever had.

I uh, I don't know, I have no,

there's no excuse to offer.

Cronin: You're telling me that you didn't see


Driver: No, no, see I never seen you guys,

'til you guys were like behind me here and I

was like oh, where do I stop at?

What do I do?

Where do I go?

And I just was like.

Cronin: Ok.

So where you headed right now?

Driver: We were gonna go fishing here,

at uh Fish Creek here.

Cronin: Were you in a rush or were you just

going to look for it?

Driver: No, I just was reading some text

messages actually and it was just like.

Cronin: Ok, you know that's against the law

too, right?

Driver: No, I didn't know that.

It should be a crime.

Cronin: Alright.

Well, you said you weren't in a rush so

why were you blowing through stop signs and

going ninety miles an hour?

Driver: If anything, it was alcohol.

Cronin: The alcohol?

Driver: I've been drinking and driving.


I'm sure I'm way over the legal limit.

If I'm out here and I'm a danger to the people,

then I'm wrong.

Cronin: How many drinks have you had?

Driver: I'd say eight, nine, ten.

Cronin: Were you drinking anything while

you were driving?

Driver: Well, I'm gonna tell you the truth.

The honesty is that I left Anchorage and we

got caught in the traffic,

and I'm diabetic and I felt shaky and I had a


I was gonna' come out here and camp out.

I, I started drinking early.

Garcia: You can look in the front seat if you


You can look in the front seat.

You got a camera?

Cronin: All right, just lean right there for


Driver: You should look at that with that one


It's cool, it's Alaska.

Narrator: Cronin finds open beer cans and a

bag of weed in the vehicle.

The man admits to drinking and driving,

but Cronin must still run field sobriety

tests to issue a DUI.

Cronin: Okay, partner, here in a second I'm

going to take those handcuffs off you and

I'm going to make sure that you're safe to

drive, okay?

Driver: Okay.

Cronin: So what I'd like you to do,

if you're going to use this line, go ahead.

Put your left foot on this line.

Driver: Left foot?

Cronin: Your left foot on the line.

Keep your hands down by your sides.

Driver: That's one of the things that.

Cronin: Keep it like this.

Driver: I can't go any more forward than that.

Cronin: No.

Keep your feet in line.


Driver: I can't put them any more forward

than that.

Cronin: You can't put them together in a

straight line?

Driver: No, no.

Cronin: Are you sure?

'Cos your feet just crossed a second ago.

Driver: I think I'm over the legal limit to


Cronin: Okay.

Driver: I don't see the purpose, I mean if.

Cronin: Well, if you, if you don't want to do

my tests, then we can just move on from

there, but this is trying to give you the

benefit of the doubt.

Driver: I feel that I have been drinking,

and I don't, I feel that I'm guilty.

Narrator: The man foregoes the field

tests and skips straight to the


Cronin: Keep going, keep going, keep going,

keep going.

Alright, there you go.

. 172.

Alright, sir, just turn around,

put your hands behind your back.

You're under arrest for DUI,

as well as failure to stop at the direction

of a peace officer.

We're giving you two cuffs behind,

all right?

Driver: Thank you, guys.

Narrator: He blows more than twice the legal

limit, and the troopers find evidence he may be

under the influence of pot as well.

Cronin: A whole plant?

Garcia: A marijuana plants and uh


Cronin: How much marijuana did he have?

That's a pretty good amount.

Garcia: These were under the driver's


These were under the passenger seat.

That was behind the driver's seat.

That one's inside.

Cronin: So 13 open beers.

So right now it looks like we got DUI,

mix six, felony elude.

Narrator: For the driver,

it's an unhappy end to an already bad day.

Driver: I broke up with my girlfriend.

I just got diagnosed last week with high

blood pressure.

Cronin: What's that?

Driver: I, I just got diagnosed with carpal

tunnel too.

I believe I got a mosquito on my right


Cronin: Are you tired right now?

Driver: Super.

Narrator: But for the troopers,

the outcome of this chase could have been

much worse.

Cronin: This already is a dangerous road, uh,

that's why it's designated a traffic

safety corridor, and then we got guys,

you know, intoxicated, running from us,

going ninety plus miles an hour, that's,

that's a bad combo.

Thankfully this one he realized that there was

no running.

Judgment got the better of him, he stopped,

and we went from there.

It would have been easier if he thought

before he acted and pulled over when we

tried to get him to pull over.

Yep, just another night.

Alright, man.

Narrator: Forty miles south in Alaska's

biggest city, Officer Angelina Fraize works

the swing shift for Anchorage PD.

A call comes in about a man with a knife at a

local homeless hangout.

Fraize: Someone's called,

wants to be anonymous, says that there's eight

to nine drunk people, and someone has a knife

and he's throwing it at people.

Homeless people always have knives on them.

That's a huge threat to us.

Narrator: Officer Fraize heads to the

location, a park where homeless people tend to

gather during the day.

Fraize: Complainant says this is a homemade knife.

So, that's just another thing that we are

always looking for.

Narrator: When she arrives,

two other officers are already detaining the


Fraize: Can you tell us where this knife is so

we can be done with this and just figure

all this out?

Suspect: I'm going to jail anyways, right?

Fraize: Why are you going to jail?

Suspect: I don't know.

Fraize: Did you do something wrong?

Suspect: I'm in handcuffs.

Fraize: You're in handcuffs because

you're being sort of a jerk.

Suspect: I'll walk away, and I have to go.

Fraize: Can you tell me where this knife is so

we don't.

Suspect: Yes, ma'am, I will.

I'm going to court anyways.

It's right over there.

Beyond that bear-proof canister.

Fraize: Just right on the ground there?

PD: Here it is.

I found it.

Big old thing.

Narrator: Now they have the knife,

but the suspect won't admit to using it.

Fraize: You're not telling us the whole


Why'd you throw it, if it's?

Suspect: Because I know that.

Look at how that thing looks, it's illegal.

I know how illegal that thing is.

Fraize: Well, it's not illegal unless you have

it concealed on your person.

Suspect: Okay, do you know the bears and the

moose that I fight out here?

Fraize: That's what I'm saying, this is Alaska,

I mean people got guns, people got knives,

but my concern is you throwing it.

That's my concern.

Suspect: I didn't throw it at nobody,

I promise you that, ma'am.

Look at all those people that just walked


They're my witnesses.

All you have here are this guy right here who

put a gun on me yesterday.

Fraize: The guy in the green?

Narrator: Fraize talks to the complainant.

Fraize: What happened?

Man: They sit over here and drink a whole half

gallon of R&R.

He just don't like the people he's around,

when he's drinking.

Fraize: He said you pulled a gun on him.

Man: I pulled a what!


I don't even carry a (bleep) gun!

I don't even own one!

Fraize: Alright.

Go away.

Go away.

Go home.

Go home.

Man: I don't even own a gun, young lady.

Fraize: Stop coming here, okay.

Narrator: There's no sign of an assault and

no witnesses, so officers let the

suspect go.

Suspect: I can't have that back?

Fraize: No.

Suspect: I gotta protect myself against

bears and moose out here and.

Fraize: You can make yourself another one.

Suspect: Then that guy's gonna be back

later and he's gonna shoot me.

Fraize: Don't hang out here.

Suspect: I know.

Can I get my stuff and go?

Fraize: Yeah.

Pick up your litter.

Suspect: Thank you.

Fraize: Be good, man.

Narrator: But just as Fraize is getting ready

to go, something else grabs her attention.

Fraize: This guy can't even stand up.

They both just fell down.

You don't look so good, brother.

Do you have ID?

Narrator: With the man's condition,

Fraize calls community service to transport

him to sleep-off.

Fraize: 1,2,3.

Ok, let's walk to the road.

Come on.

Man: I'm not afraid to go nowhere.

Fraize: Oh, you need a shower my friend.

Man: I left my love in San Francisco.

Haha, I'm not afraid of nothing.

Fraize: Sit, just sit, okay?


You're not in trouble, okay?

Man: I grew up a cowboy.

Fraize: Okay, sit, sit, sit.


Man: I grew up a cowboy and cowboys never give up.

PD: You can be a cowboy up here,

but you're going to freeze, man.

Man: Can you get me out of this (bleep) Alaska?


Fraize: Seriously, huh?

Narrator: The bus arrives,

and the man's on his way to get some

much-needed shuteye.

Fraize: We have a real problem with this area.

They all hang out there and it's not illegal to

hang out there, so there's not much we can

do with them.

Man: Hey, hey, hey, take it easy!

Fraize: We don't have a drunk in public law or

anything like that, so if they're too drunk to

take care of themselves we can take them to

sleep-off, but other than that,

there's nothing we can do.

Narrator: With a population of over

280,000, Anchorage offers many of the

cosmopolitan amenities of medium-sized cities

in the lower 48.

But it's a city with a wild side as well.

On the other side of town,

Officer Kevin Armstrong is on patrol.

Armstrong: 14-1, 10-7.

Narrator: He pulls over a driver after she

nearly hits another car.

Armstrong: You almost caused a collision back


Female: Yeah, I apologize.

Narrator: The driver claims to have been

distracted by something on the side of the


Armstrong: Ok.

What's the deal with the guy with the goat?

Female: He is a friend of mine and I saw, I,

I mean, the chances of ever seeing a man with

a goat on the side of the road is impossible,

and I was like, my head was more on.

Armstrong: 14, I'm also out with a man with a

goat here at this same 21.

Cameraman: What's his name?

Man: Um Sorrell.

Like the boot.

I'm a big believer in tasty pets.

I like the belief in getting a pig,

getting a goat, more than a dog, you know,

something that you can eat or drink, ya know?

Tasty pets, and this is one of mine.

I'm not gonna eat him though.

Narrator: It's a ticket for the female driver,

and a safe ride home for the man and his goat.

Armstrong: I've never seen a guy standing on

the side of the road with a goat before

either, so that was interesting.

Narrator: Back on patrol,

a call of a more serious nature comes in.

Armstrong: We got a report of somebody

callin' in, saying that there's a homeless camp

in the area and possibly a dead body

underneath a blue tarp.

They're indicating that it's been smelling bad

for like the last four days.

Narrator: Outdoor homeless camps are

relatively common in Anchorage,

even as the cold season begins to set in.

Armstrong: The way that the homeless shelters

work is they're, they're allowed to be

in the homeless shelters for thirty

days on and thirty days out, to make room,

to rotate all the homeless people in.

And usually when they're on their thirty

days out, they set up homeless camps all over


We've gone there before with shootings and


I mean, it's just a large cross section of

the community and stuff,

and just like people who are living in

houses that are dangerous,

we've got people that are living in the

homeless camps who are dangerous also.

Narrator: When Armstrong arrives on

scene, officers have already located the


Armstrong: He said he was driving by and saw it?

Narrator: He heads down into the woods to check

it out.

Armstrong: Want me to do the honors?

PD: Ok.

Duhn, duh, duh!

Sergeant: It's an unoccupied bundle of

clothing with a basketball.

Alright, we're all done.

Narrator: A reported dead body turns out to

be just a pile of clothes.

As for the pungent odor.

Armstrong: The smell is probably the normal

smell we get during the fall,

when the leaves fall off the tree and rot.

And you can smell it right now.

And apparently somebody going by,

looked down and saw the tarp on top of the

clothing and just assumed that there was

a body underneath there,

which there isn't, so.

It was all for naught.

Which is a good thing, because we don't,

we don't need to find dead people in homeless

camps, so.

Narrator: Out of the state's biggest city

and into the real Alaskan wilderness,

like the Copper River Basin in south-central


The Copper River runs almost three hundred

miles, making it one of the largest rivers in

the state.

It's renowned for its bountiful runs of king,

sockeye, and silvers, attracting fishermen

from around the world to hook some of the

best salmon.

Simeon: Have I already checked your paperwork

yet this year?

Fisherman: Not mine, no.

Narrator: Wildlife Trooper John Simeon is

tasked with enforcing state fishing laws in

this uniquely Alaskan wilderness.

Simeon: Well, out here in the Copper River

basin, the fishing rivers we have are so

far apart and getting to them is so extreme,

either by boat or by foot,

and then once you get to the point where

these guys are fishing, we still have to climb

down a, you know, four or five hundred foot

bluff and get to the water's edge and sneak

up to them, and actually catch them,

you know, doing something illegal.

So that's what makes it a little difficult.

There's only two wildlife troopers out

here, and we probably have 500 to 1,000

fisherman at any given time fishing in

all of our streams.

Narrator: Today, he's heading onto the river

to make sure everyone is playing by the rules

and staying safe.

Simeon: It's water.

You know, a lot of folks think it's water,

how dangerous can water be?

But, you know, the wrong situation,

the wrong boat, inexperience,

a little bit of enthusiasm,

sometimes a little bit of alcohol and some uh

some egos, and people make mistakes and bad

things happen around here when mistakes are


Where's all your fish?

Narrator: Almost everyone on the river

today is dip-net fishing,

a type of fishing done with large nets and

reserved solely for Alaskan residents.

Simeon: Any luck?

You know we have people from all over Alaska,

they come down here and they dip-net their


This is an annual event where everybody in

Alaska comes down to, to partake in.

Good luck!

Narrator: Simeon heads to a canyon down river

that marks the southernmost border for

dip-netting on the Copper.

Simeon: On a nice, bright sunny day,

this is not a bad boat ride.

It's not a bright sunny day today.

Narrator: Here, the most daring fishermen

descend down a four hundred foot cliff to

perch on rocks above the swift waters.

One false step on the slippery surface could

spell disaster.

Simeon: The water's really swift,

really cold, and as you can hear it and see,

it's really filled with silt.

A guy who goes in the water here and doesn't

get pulled out really quick,

doesn't stand much of a chance even if they

have a lifejacket on.

There's a good chance they go in the water,

they're not coming out.

Narrator: Simeon stops at a popular spot to

check licenses.

Simeon: Lot of reds will come up in here

and they'll clean their gills and do a lot of

floating around in here and guys will come in

and snag reds galore.

So have you gotten any yet?

Fisherman: We got forty or so fish,

but not down this far.

We've been up further up in the canyon,

way up by the bridge.

Narrator: This Alaskan is still waiting for

his first catch of the day.

Fisherman: Oh, it feels just like something's

hitting your net like this or something,

and when, as soon as it does,

pull a little and they get caught.

If it's really good, you could get your

limit, which is thirty, in a couple hours here

doing this.

Narrator: For some, it's a frustrating day

on the Copper, but that won't stop Alaskans

from coming back next year.

Simeon: When people first come to Alaska,

it grabs them in a certain way.

And a lot of them, they might leave,

but it has like a calling and it brings

you back.

Pretty much after a while you can't leave

and you're like, 'well, I might as well stay


Narrator: Back in Anchorage,

Kevin Armstrong is starting his patrol.

It's not long before he gets called to the

scene of an accident.

Armstrong: Come on!

It looks like a vehicle,

vehicle-motorcycle accident.

Narrator: A motorcycle has collided with the

back end of a two-ton pickup truck.

Armstrong: So he, so he put it down and the

bike slid under and then he slid past you?

Driver1: I looked in my rearview mirror as soon

as I was coming up to the stop, and he just,

I see him sliding and he just went over


I was going to try and move out of the way but

I couldn't move and I just see him come

rolling over this way.

Narrator: Medics arrive,

and the scene looks grim for the driver.

Medic: Did you come out where your front end

slid out and you both slid,

or did you get tossed up in the air?

Motorcyclist: Um, I'm going to say that I got

tossed because I went forward.

I hit the rear brake and just slid,

and that's when I killed it.

Narrator: Luckily the driver of the

motorcycle suffers only minor injuries.

But as for his bike.

Armstrong: You're going to have to jack it up.

Narrator: Firefighters must lift the truck to

free it from underneath.

Meanwhile, officers find a switchblade

belonging to the biker.

Officer: It must have came out of his pant

pocket or something when he spilled.

Officer2: Yup, that would be illegal.

Did he admit to it?

Officer: Yeah, it's his.

Narrator: They discover the driver is a member

of a local motorcycle club.

If he has a criminal record,

the illegal switchblade could land him in jail.

Witte: It's just a motorcycle club at this

point, but we know that they got some sort of

ties to our local Hell's Angels chapter.

Narrator: Before they can run him,

the crash scene takes another turn.

Armstrong: They're saying the inside of

his truck smells like a pot farm.

Narrator: Officers suspect there's

marijuana in the truck, so they run field

sobriety tests on the driver.

Witte: I think you smoked marijuana

earlier than yesterday.

Did you smoke more recently than that?

Driver: No.

No, I have not.

Narrator: The driver denies having any weed,

and consents to a search.

Witte: Is there any other weed in the


Driver: No, there is not.

Narrator: But officers find otherwise.

Officer: Hey, Kelly, can you see anymore

down under here?

Kelly: No.

Armstrong: It looks like two or three um

Ziploc bags with marijuana in it.

And you can tell as soon as you get up

close to the vehicle, odor is just reeking

out of everywhere, so.

He gave Officer Witte consent to search and

look for it and we found it,

so he must not have thought that we were

going to find it where it was at.

Narrator: They charge the driver with a

misdemeanor for the weed.

Officer: Yeah, so both drivers ended up

getting charged.

Witte: Both drivers are getting charged with a

crime today.

Different from the collisions.

Narrator: Across town, Ruth Adolf starts her shift.

Female officers make up just a fraction of the

force in Alaska's largest and most

dangerous city.

Dispatch: 44 on 3, 44 on 3,

for a theft in progress.

Narrator: Today, a call comes in that puts

Adolf right in the thick of the action.

Dispatch: Two suspects.

One Hispanic male and an unknown description

on the other.

Adolf: Going to a theft in progress.

People trying to take items from it looks

like another individual.

Dispatch: The complainant says the

vehicles a white van, break.

Adolf: Sounds like it's a van,

I'm just not sure what kind.

Narrator: On scene, officers appear to have

one suspected copper thief already in


That leaves one on the loose.

PD3: Where's your ID?

Suspect: I don't have ID.

PD3: You don't have ID?

Why not?

Suspect: Because, it was taken from me.

Adolf: The rear's clear.

Narrator: He's not in the van,

so officers question the man they already

have in custody.

PD3: You say that you guys do painting?

When I looked in that van I didn't see any

painting supplies at all.

I saw copper wire, I saw tubing.

Suspect: We do painting and repairs.

That's what I'm saying.

PD3: Okay, he picks you up and you guys come

here and then he goes in to the lot,

and now he's just gone.

Suspect: That's what I'm saying.

Narrator: It appears the missing suspect is

hiding somewhere in the huge lot.

It's filled with hiding places and metal scraps

that could be used as weapons.

Adolf: Right now we're trying to basically get

a K-9 to respond so we can clear this lot,

and it sounds like there's one person

outstanding that may still be inside.

And this is in reference to a copper

wire theft which, in the recent past,

that's been skyrocketing.

There's been a lot of thefts of copper wire

in Anchorage.

Did you see anything?

Witness: I saw him walking back and forth.

Adolf: Okay, did you see two people or just


Witness: I saw one guy.

Adolf: One guy?

Witness: Yeah I heard them talking,

but I could never see the other guy.

PD: He's in there.

He's not giving anything.

PD2: The witness said he,

the person may be in that little container

right there.

PD: The one that's cracked open?

PD2: Yeah.

PD: What about uh him?

PD2: This guy, the witness says these guys

don't work for this company.

Narrator: Officers form a perimeter around the

lot in case the suspect tries to make a break

for it, and wait for the K-9 to arrive.

Adolf: Looks like the trailer in question

right now is this one right here that's

facing us.

The person could possibly be inside of

that trailer.

Narrator: The K-9 unit arrives,

and officers cautiously move in,

uncertain if the suspect is armed and


K-9: Anchorage Police with a K-9!

If you're in this lot, speak to me now or you

may get bit!

Anchorage Police with a K-9!

If you're in this lot, speak to me now or

you're gonna get bit!

Narrator: The K-9 searches for a scent

that will tell officers if someone's hiding in

the yard.

K9: Let's move on up.

Narrator: Officers suspect that a man may

be hiding in a trailer in the back of the lot.

K9: Stand still.

Stand still.

Anchorage Police with a K-9!

If you're in this trailer,

speak to me now or you may get bit!

Anchorage Police with a K-9!

If you're in this trailer,

speak to me now or you're gonna get bit!

Narrator: The K-9 finds no one,

and officers move in to confirm.

Just as it appears the suspect may have given

them the slip, the dog sniffs him out.

K-9: Put your hands up!

Stand still right there, don't move!

Stand still right there!

Do not move!

If you run I'm gonna send this dog after

you, do you understand?

And you're gonna get bit.

Slowly step out this way, do it now!

Step out this way, do it now!

Step out this way.

Do it now!

Narrator: Unable to fool the K-9's nose,

they take the suspect into custody.

Rohwer: We have had a huge problem with

people stealing this copper and then they

cut it up into short lengths,

they strip all the insulation off,

and they get two to two dollars and fifty cents

a pound.

So a reel like that one down there will net

them four or five hundred dollars.

And it's almost impossible to trace,

because how do you prove where that copper

came from?

Narrator: Today's arrests are a win

against the rising tide of copper theft in


260 miles north in Fairbanks.

Hill: Fairbanks 20-14, 10-87 Oasis.

Narrator: Trooper Eric Hill is on an

assistance call of a different nature.

A man is reportedly lying in a ditch.

Hill: Well, you gotta think,

'is this a medical emergency?

Are they just intoxicated?

Are they passed out?

Are they 10-79?'

You know, it could be a possible dead body.

Narrator: He scours the roadside,

and finally spots his man.

Hill: Fairbanks 20-14, I'm gonna be out with

a, looks to be a Native male, white socks,

blue jeans, black jacket,

wearing white sunglasses.

What's going on?


Man: Yes, what?

Hill: What's going on, man?

Man: Chillin', chillin'.


Hill: Okay, well you can't chill here.

Man: Right here.

Hill: Hey, don't be reaching in your bag.

Man: No!

Hill: Listen to me.

You need to settle down right now.

Man: No.

I know.


Hill: Do you got your ID on you?

Put the bag down.

Man: No, it's.

Hill: Put the bag down.

Put it down.

Man: Okay, geez.

Hill: Put your hand behind your back!

Man: No.

Hill: Put your hand behind your back, now!

Man: Ok, ok, ok, ok.

I thought you were George.

Hill: Sir, I'm not gonna tell you again,

give me your other hand.

Man: I thought you were George.

Hill: Fairbanks 20-14, send me a 68.

Give me your hand!

Man: No.

Hill: I'm gonna' spray you.

Fairbanks 14, one detained.

What are you doing out here?

Man: Me?

Hill: Yeah.

Man: I was resting.

Hill: You can't rest here.

You been drinking today?

Man: Yeah.

Hill: On a scale of one to ten,

ten being the most intoxicated you've ever

been, one being completely sober,

what would you say you are right now?

Man: 125.

Hill: 125?


Narrator: The man has no ID,

so Hill searches him for clues as to where

he lives.

Hill: You don't have anything that's gonna

cut me, poke me, or stick me, do you?

Man: No, you can check all my pockets.

Hill: Well I'm gonna.

Man: I got nothing.

Hill: What's this?

Narrator: But what he finds isn't exactly


Hill: What is that, egg roll?

Man: Yeah, I was at a two-year-old's birthday

party today.

Hill: Those are all egg rolls, huh?

You gonna' eat those later or what?

Man: Yep.

Hill: Go ahead and stand up.

Ready, stand up.

Man: I got nothing illegal on me.

Hill: You get this side?

Trooper Neice: Yeah.

He's got some egg rolls and a lighter.

Hill: He's got egg rolls and a lighter in

here too.

Narrator: In Alaska, snow falls as early as

September, and sleeping outside without the

proper gear can be fatal.

Every year, hypothermia claims 600 U.S.


The troopers want to make sure the man finds


Man: Can I drive?

Hill: I don't think so.

I think you could get arrested for DUI if you


Man: No, no, I wouldn't drive.

Narrator: Hill calls the man's friend to see

if he'll give him a place to stay for the


Hill: This is Trooper Hill with Alaska State


Narrator: Fortunately for the man,

his friend agrees to take him in.

Hill: I need an address to tell my dispatchers

where I'm going.

Man: I love you!

I love you!

Thank you.

Hill: Alright, we're gonna bring you to your

friend's, alright?

Narrator: What could have been a long and

dangerous night for the man turns out to be a

free ride home from the Troopers.

Hill: Come on out.

All right, go with your friend.

You have a better day, ok?

No more drinking.

Narrator: Back in the Mat-Su Valley,

Trooper Cronin patrols a moonlit Friday night

when an unnerving call comes in.

Cronin: Right now it sounds like a neighbor

is calling in that there's an argument

next door.

Apparently it's something about someone

shooting a dog, and there being blood all

over the house.

This is one of those calls where you really

don't know what you have going in.

Narrator: Domestic calls take on an added

element of danger for the troopers,

because sixty percent of Alaskan

homes have guns.

Cronin: If there is a gun involved,

we are going to treat it as such.

So I've got myself and one other unit

going to it.

So hopefully we can get there and figure out

what's going on.

Matcom 1-B, 43, both units 10-23.

Narrator: When troopers arrive at the address,

they approach with caution.

Cronin: Who called this in, the neighbor?

Trooper: Yeah.

Cronin: What did she say she heard?

Trooper: Verbal disturbance.

Something about shooting a dog and

getting blood in the house.

Cronin: Okay, I am going to go

around the bottom.

Okay, I see people coming down.

You might want to announce.

They're coming down the stairs.

Trooper: State Troopers!

Cronin: Hey, he's got a gun in his hand.

He's got a gun.

Trooper: Hey, hey, hey.

Put the gun away.

Cronin: Put the gun down!

Cronin: Put the gun down!

Put the gun down!

Trooper: Alright, he is putting it down.

Woman: Sorry.

Oh, sorry, hi.

Trooper: We got a report that of some

loud arguing and some fighting was coming

from this residence.

Woman: I don't, we were sleeping.

Cronin: It sounded like it was a neighbor that

called it in, so we don't know exactly

where it was coming from.

Did you guys hear any arguing,

anything like that?

Woman: Uh-uh.

Man: She was hollering for the dog

a while ago.

Cronin: Okay, they said that there was

something about a dog, so that could

have been it.

Narrator: There's no sign of a struggle,

and all is well at this house.

Cronin: Sorry, we didn't mean to yell at

you or anything like that, but you know,

when we see someone coming to the door

with a gun.

All right, we'll let you get back

to your evening.

Man: Okay.

Cronin: Alright folks, you have a good night.

Narrator: Back in Anchorage and back on

patrol, Officer Fraize gets called to a single

car accident.

Fraize: So we got a red station wagon,

unknown plate, that went in the ditch.

Male and female are trying to get it out.

A Native female is staggering around,

so they think maybe is drunk.

No real reason to go into the ditch.


You talked to these guys yet, Mike?

How's it going?

Man: It's going good.

Fraize: What's happening?

Man: I'm trying to get back down the hill.

Fraize: You were trying to get it back

down the hill?

Man: Yeah, I'm trying to teach her

how to drive.

Fraize: Ohh.

You're driving, learning how to drive?

Man: No, no.

She's learning how to drive.

Yes, ma'am.

Fraize: Okay.

You guys have IDs?

Man: Yes, ma'am.

Frazie: Where you guys going?

Man: Home.

Gotta get out of this ditch.

Fraize: Ok, you're, you're swaying.

You're not going to fall down are you?

Man: No, no, no.

Fraize: How much you been drinking?

Man: Quite a few.

Fraize: Okay.

No, you don't have ID?


What's your social?

Woman: I don't remember my social.

Fraize: Okay, why are you swearing at me?

Man: Why are the police coming up in this, this?

Fraize: Somebody called,

these people called here.

Man: Somebody called?

Fraize: Yeah.

Man: I mean this is private property,

why call?

Fraize: Somebody called!

What's your social?

Woman: I don't know it by heart.

Fraize: How old are you?

Woman: Um, 21.

No, 22.

Fraize: And you don't know your social

security number?

Woman: No.

Fraize: Okay, why don't you come over here and

talk to me for a second.

So what happened here, you're just trying to

back straight down?

Or why, how come you didn't you turn around

up there?

Whoa now, you ok?

Man: Yes, ma'am.

Fraize: Have you driven much before?

Woman: Um, no.

Fraize: Okay, how much alcohol have you had?

Woman: Maybe just one beer.

Fraize: One beer?

How about you be honest with me and

tell me how much alcohol you've had.

Woman: Just one beer and last night.

Fraize: One beer last night?

Woman: No!

One beer today and last night a whole bunch.

Fraize: Walk down to that parking lot right

down there.

Narrator: Fraize takes her through a series of

field sobriety tests.

Fraize: Keep looking at the pen.

Nope, see?

Woman: Ok, 1-1,000, oops, 2-1,000, 3-1,000.

Fraize: Ok, stop.

Alright, um go ahead and put your hands

behind your back for me.

Woman: Why?

Fraize: Because you're under arrest for

operating under the influence.

Woman: Are you serious?

Fraize: Uh huh.

Woman: How do you know?

Fraize: How do I know?

Because your eyes and all that other stuff

that you're doing tells me that you've had too

much to drink today.

And I think you know that.

Officer: Stand back.

You just stand back, please.

I'm not going to say it again.

You need to back up.

Woman: I'm going to jail.

Just stand back, please.

Fraize: Do you want to go in handcuffs too?

Or are you going to listen to the officer?

Just relax.

I'm going to come talk to you in a minute, ok?

I need you to relax.

Narrator: In hopes of helping his friend's

case, the man pleads ignorance on Alaska's

driving laws.

Fraize: She's driving drunk today, so.

Man: She's not driving, she's learning.

Fraize: Yeah, I know, but you can't even

learn drunk.

Man: Are you serious?

Fraize: You have to learn sober, yeah.

Doesn't that make sense to you?

Man: Well, I'm not sober.

Fraize: I know.

Man: But I'm 18 and over.

Narrator: But he's got his own troubles.

Man: Yeah, I'm supposed to be picking up a

friend from.

Fraize: But you don't have a drivers' license.

Man: Yes, I do.

Fraize: No you don't.

It's expired in 2009.

Man: Correct.

I mean, I'm not smiling at you, but you got me.

Fraize: I know.

I know all these things.

You shoulda been sober, she shoulda been sober.

Man: I mean, she backed down,

but she backed down into a ditch.

It's not funny, but.

Fraize: Well, there's not a mirror up there

for her to use.

Man: Well, there was one at one time.

Fraize: Not today!

Where's that rearview mirror?

That's why.

No mirrors anywhere.

Poor girl, can't learn to drive

without any mirrors!

Man: Well, well, that's true.

That's true.

Fraize: Drinkin' and no mirrors.

Man: She wasn't drinking in the car.

Fraize: Well, you know what I mean.

She's drunk.

She's not as drunk as you, but she's drunk.

Man: That's what I'm saying,

why don't you let her go and let, take me.

Fraize: Because you weren't driving.

What should I take you for,

just being drunk and silly?

Man: None of us were driving.

Fraize: So the car magically got here?

Man: Could be.


Fraize: Maybe.


Went to the bar, decided it would be a

good night to teach someone how to drive.

And as you can tell, the car in the ditch,

it didn't go too well.

Not the best way to learn to drive,

sober up to learn to drive is much better,

both the teacher and the student

should be sober.

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