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Fugitive Task Force Captures Escapee Facing Sentence for Sept. Chase, Standoff

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers and federal officers on Friday captured a man who skipped town on Jan. 21st, just before he was scheduled to begin serving time for a conviction on charges stemming from  a high-speed chase that ended in a 10-hour standoff with police in September. Michael Bracht, a former Dot Lake resident, was captured Friday in Tok.

Troopers and members of the U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force apprehended 38-year-old Bracht just before midnight Thursday at a home in Tok.

According to a task force news release, Bracht surrendered without incident after 2-and-a-half hours of talks with the officers.
He was brought back to Fairbanks Correctional Center and arraigned Friday on a felony charge of violating conditions of release. He’s being held at the correctional center awaiting a March 23rd court appearance on the charge. Bail was set at $25,000.

Troopers have been looking for Bracht ever since he fled town on Jan. 21 after a judge released him for 12 hours to take care of personal business before he checked-in at the correctional center.

He was to begin serving a 32-month sentence for conviction of charges related to the Sept. 9 high-speed chase and 10-hour standoff in a parking lot off Geist Road.

The chase began when police located Bracht and his girlfriend sleeping in a car. He was being sought by police for walking away from the Northstar Center halfway house in Ester.