FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) A Fairbanks woman was arrested on Monday after she allegedly stole a vehicle and then led law enforcement on a chase before getting stuck in a snow bank.
According to a press release from Alaska State Troopers, they received a request for assistance from Fairbanks Police to help stop a stolen vehicle. According to police the vehicle had hit multiple snow berms in Sophie’s Station before entering University Ave. and doing doughnuts on the road with no headlights on.
A trooper located the vehicle on Davis Road where it hit another snow berm. It then continued forward reaching speeds of 60 mph before spinning out of control into a snow bank.
The driver then headed east on Davis striking snow berms and veering toward oncoming traffic. The car then drove directly at a trooper who was setting up spike strips. The trooper was able to avoid being hit and all four car tires where deflated. The car continued toward Peger Road where it ran a red light and was struck by a Ford F-350 pick-up. The vehicle was pushed into oncoming traffic and attempted a u-turn but got stuck in a snow bank.
Maxine Louise Stearman, 23, was taken into custody by responding officers. She fought with troopers before being restrained and transported to a hospital for injuries received while driving recklessly. According to troopers Stearman allegedly assaulted a nurse who was attempting to administer medical treatment.
She was given a breath test which showed she had a breath alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.
No other injuries were reported. Stearman was released from the hospital and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center. According to court records, Strearman has not yet been charged.
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