FPD apprehends reckless driver who caused collision on Parks Highway

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Update:

While responding to a report of a vehicle stolen from the Fairbanks Memorial parking lot, an Officer recognized the defendant Kyianna Amber Rhodes. An hour earlier the officer had a conversation with the defendant where she had admitted to the use of methamphetamine and went to meet her at her residence.

An officer went to her house and as he pulled up, Rhodes allegedly used the stolen vehicle to back up into the officer's car and push it back and began to drive off.

During the chase she lost control and rammed her vehicle into a telephone pole on 16th Avenue but continued to drive.

Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips but were unsuccessful.

The chase ended on the Parks Highway when she crashed into another vehicle.

The vehicle's passengers sustained injuries multiple injuries including one passenger who suffered a fractured pelvis and fractured discs.

Rhodes is being charged with 11 counts including Vehicle Theft, Reckless Driving, Failure to Stop at Direction of Peace Officer and five counts of Assault in the Third degree.

Original Story:

The Fairbanks Police Department, with assistance from State Troopers are currently investigating events which led to a vehicle collision and multiple injuries on the Parks Highway.

According to a press release issued by the City of Fairbanks, the events which preceded the collision involved an FPD officer attempting to stop a reckless driver. The driver failed to stop for the officer, continued to drive recklessly, and subsequently collided with another vehicle.

The driver who failed to stop for the officers, Kyianna Amber Rhodes, 28, was arrested on multiple charges including vehicle theft, failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, reckless driving, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident.

This investigation is ongoing and further details will be released as they become available. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Detective Robert Hall at rhall@fairbanks.us.

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