Alakanuk man escapes from jail

by Angela Denning-Barnes on December 6, 2011

An Alakanuk man who won a nearly $600,000 settlement over claims of excessive force by a trooper has escaped from jail in the village. Alaska State Troopers say that Kevin Patrick, age 39, escaped from the Alakanuk jail on Sunday.

That’s the second time Patrick escaped the village jail in the last nine years. Both times, he was on a bathroom break.

According to Trooper reports, this latest arrest was for drunk driving charges. Patrick escaped at about 3 p.m. Sunday and is believed to be in either Alakanuk or nearby Emmonak.

In 2004, Patrick went to court claiming that Alaska State Trooper Eric Spitzer, had used excessive force when arresting him. A Bethel jury awarded Patrick 575-thosuand dollars, after believing that he had been tasered multiple times, even after being hand-cuffed. During that arrest, he had allegedly assaulted a village police officer with a shovel.

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