Mesa police arrested two men over the weekend, one of which officers say led police on a high-speed chase throughout east Mesa before being apprehended by an officer’s pit maneuver in his cruiser.
Nathan Billetdeaux and Anthony White, both 25, were arrested shortly before midnight on Saturday, moments after a Mesa police officer on patrol observed the truck driven by Billetdeaux traveling as fast as 65 mph and White tossing a cigarette butt out of the truck in the 8300 block of East Main Street near Power Road. After police tried to initiate a traffic stop, Billetdeaux sped off, police said.
According to police, the truck ran red lights at Main and Power and at Power and Southern Avenue. The officer continued his pursuit and later was assisted by the police department’s air unit and other officers who unsuccessfully attempted to stop the car with stop sticks, Mesa police said.
Billetdeaux later began traveling east on the U.S. 60 before exiting onto south Ironwood Drive toward Queen Creek. The officer executed the pit maneuver and both Billetdeaux and White were taken into custody without incident.
The men said they had been drinking alcohol all day at a nearby lake and were trying to avoid being arrested, police said.
Billetdeaux is facing charges of failure to yield and DUI. White is facing charges of littering and possession of and presenting a suspended driver's license.