A Kodiak man faces felony charges after he allegedly fled police officers after they suspected him of driving under the influence. 

Loren Peterson, 37, faces charges of assault in the third degree, failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and refusal to submit to a chemical test of the breath.  

On Monday around 3:07 p.m., police received two calls about a red Toyota Tacoma driving dangerously. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description running a stop sign at the corner of Thorsheim Street and Gerasim Avenue. 

They stopped the truck, and while talking to the driver about the stop, officers noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the man inside of the cab. One officer reached inside the cab to try to remove the driver’s keys. The man in the cab, later identified as Peterson, allegedly put the truck in drive and sped off. As he did so, he allegedly hit the officer with the B post of the vehicle, spinning him around. 

Officers pursued Peterson, and about 200 yards down the road they were allegedly able to order him out of the truck at gun and Taser point. Peterson was placed in handcuffs and taken to jail. 

At the jail, he allegedly refused to identify himself and refused to submit to a breath test. A detective with the department later identified Peterson. Officers discovered he had two warrants for previous citations out for his arrest that totaled 70 days in jail. Peterson also allegedly refused to have his blood tested.  

Officers asked for a search warrant to look through his car for alcohol and drug paraphernalia. Peterson has been convicted of driving under the influence twice in the past 10 years. 

All three charges are Class C felonies. They each carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and $50,000 in fines. 

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