Two-hour chase of stolen cars ends in 3 arrests - East Valley Tribune: News

Two-hour chase of stolen cars ends in 3 arrests

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2003 8:02 am | Updated: 1:03 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Three people were arrested Monday in Glendale after a two-hour chase that started in Mesa and made its way through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Scottsdale.

The chase started at 3:15 p.m. near Broadway Road and Loop 101 when an officer spotted a white Honda Accord that had been reported stolen within the last day, said Mesa police Sgt. Mike Goulet. When the driver refused to pull over and sped away, a Mesa police department helicopter followed.

After making his way through the American Indian community, the driver pulled into the underground garage at the Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., in Scottsdale about 4:30 p.m., said Scottsdale Sgt. Doug Dirren.

"He pulled behind a man who had just gotten in and started his vehicle and threatened the victim with a metal object," Dirren said.

The victim, a 59-year-old Scottsdale man, jumped out of his car, and the suspect and two accomplices fled in the victim’s car, another Honda Accord, Dirren said.

Despite switching vehicles, Mesa’s police helicopter was able to continue the chase because of the suspect’s erratic driving, Dirren said.

The televised chase continued for another 45 minutes and ended at Cactus High School near 67 th Avenue and Greenway Road after Phoenix police used stop sticks to puncture the vehicle’s left tires, Dirren said.

One of the suspects was bumped and taken to the ground by a police van and another suspect, who unsuccessfully tried to carjack a student’s sports utility vehicle, threw himself to the ground after his shoes fell off.

Information on the arrest of third suspect and the names of the three individuals was not immediately available. Dirren said the trio was taken into custody on suspicion of armed robbery.

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