The Latest: Driver leads Arizona troopers on 60-mile pursuit
Jan. 24, 2018
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a pursuit on metro Phoenix freeways that ended with a crash at a Tempe intersection (all times local):
Authorities have identified a driver who led state troopers on a 60-mile pursuit on metro Phoenix freeways that ended in a high-speed crash at a Tempe intersection.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 31-year-old Mitchell Timothy Taebel was taken into custody Wednesday.
They say Taebel has an extensive criminal history in multiple states, but details weren't immediately available and it was unclear if Taebel has an attorney yet.
After the SUV he was driving smashed into another vehicle and rolled, Taebel got out of the heavily damaged vehicle and was on a nearby sidewalk waving his arms and apparently yelling toward bystanders.
Troopers confronted him at gunpoint and tackled him.
A slow-speed freeway pursuit on metro Phoenix freeways ended on a local street when a SUV being chased by state troopers accelerated through a Tempe intersection and collided with another vehicle before crashing.
Troopers swarmed the crashed SUV and arrested the driver. Meanwhile, other troopers went to the other vehicle involved in the crash Wednesday.
A person in the other vehicle was placed on a gurney and wheeled away.
Both vehicles involved in the crash were heavily damaged.
Before the SUV got off State Route 202 in Tempe, the pursuit across much of the metro area was at normal highway speed as about a dozen Highway Patrol cars followed at a distance.