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Suspect bails out of car before it flies off Arizona cliff

May 28, 2019
This photo provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office shows 29-year-old John Felipe Jaimes of Las Vegas, Nevada. Authorities say Jaimes led police on a 60-mile chase in central Arizona and jumped out of an SUV just before it went over a cliff and into a canyon. Jaimes, who is suspected to have stolen the vehicle, was later found hiding on a tree on the canyon's rim. (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office via AP)

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A vehicle-theft suspect who led police on a 60-mile (96-kilometer) chase in central Arizona jumped out of an SUV just before it flew over a cliff and into a canyon, authorities said.

The chase started Monday night when a state trooper spotted a stolen Mercedes SUV in Phoenix, and John Felipe Jaimes refused to stop, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

Graves said a DPS helicopter followed the 29-year-old as he drove north on Interstate 17 and headed into Yavapai County, where he made two unsuccessful carjacking attempts.

An officer saw Jaimes bailing out of the car around Prescott Valley just before it went over the cliff, Graves said. He was later found hiding on a tree on the canyon’s rim and was treated for minor injuries.

Jaimes was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, theft of means of transportation, failing to comply with officers and other counts.

It’s unclear whether the Las Vegas, Nevada, resident has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

No other injuries were reported.

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