At 6:55 PM on January 22, 2019, a swing shift patrol officer attempted to stop a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the parking lot of Walmart on Old Seward as the vehicle did not have a front license plate mounted. Once the officer activated his emergency lights and siren, the Jeep’s driver took off through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Due to the recklessness of the driving, the officer did not pursue. Through the investigation the officer was able to determine the driver was 31-year-old Gordon A. Thomas. The officer obtained a warrant for Thomas’ arrest for Fail to Stop and Reckless Driving. Thomas already had other unrelated outstanding warrants. The officer passed along this information to APD officers.
At 12:46 PM on January 23, 2019, an APD theft detective saw a Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by Thomas; the detective remembered the locate sent out for the suspect the day before. Thomas noticed the police car behind him and began eluding. Thomas failed to stop for a stop sign at Diplomacy and Tudor Centre Drive. He drove southbound in the northbound lane on Tudor Centre Drive and rammed one of the detective cars which damaged both vehicles. As a result of the collision, the rear hatch opened on Thomas’ vehicle and tires flew out all over the roadway. Thomas continued driving at which time a patrol officer turned on his emergency lights and siren. Thomas turned onto Tudor Road driving westbound. Multiple vehicles were stopped for a red light at the intersection with Elmore. Thomas attempted to drive between the lanes of stopped cars at which time he struck both a white Chevy car and a green Toyota Tundra pickup. An officer was able t o pin in Thomas’ Cherokee and take Thomas into custody.
Thomas’ adult female passenger was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries she sustained during the wreck; she was not charged. Thomas was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on four outstanding warrants. He was additionally charged with Assault III, Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash, Reckless Endangerment, Fail to Stop, Reckless Driving, and Resisting.