*Update: Shots fired at a DPS Officer from the driver of a stolen vehicle on I-10 north of Tucson
Suspect had stolen vehicle from victim in Peoria at gunpoint
Saturday, December 19, 2009 -
At about 4:04 pm, another DPS officer observed the white Ford pickup heading south from the Marana Airpark entrance in the Marana area. The officer pulled in behind the pickup which sped off at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued. Units from the Pima County Sherriff office and Marana Police Department assisted in the pursuit.
The pickup turned eastbound on Avra Valley Road. At Avra Valley Road and Anway a Marana Police Department officer had deployed road spikes. The pickup struck the spikes which began to deflate the tires. The pickup swerved and struck the parked Marana police vehicle. The Marana police officer, who was outside of his vehicle, was not injured. The pickup ran off the road going through a right of way fence and coming to a stop. The driver, a male subject, exited the pickup and was taken into custody without further incident.
Juan Jesus Lebario, 31, from Phoenix, Ariz. was booked into the Pima County Jail on two counts aggravated assault, felony flight, possession of a stolen vehicle, and criminal damage. Additionally there was an outstanding felony warrant for Juan Lebario for vehicle theft.
The investigation is on going and further charges are pending.
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