Arizona Department of Public Safety arrests Phoenix motorcyclist who endangered both pedestrians and drivers during morning rush
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 -
On Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at approximately 7:59 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer (DPS) observed a motorcyclist on Interstate 17 southbound near Bell Road speeding in excess of 80 miles per hour in the HOV lane. The motorcyclist was later identified as Ian Jonathan Erekson, 22, of
As Erekson leaves
At the Rocks Springs exit Erekson apparently runs out of fuel. At that point two motorists, Scott Gilbert and Robert Thoop, a retired DPS officer from Black Canyon City, came up to Erekson and encouraged him to surrender. A few minutes later a DPS officer arrived on scene and placed Erekson under arrest.
Charges: Four Counts of Felony Flight, One Count of Endangerment, One Count of Reckless Driving and One Count of Criminal Speed.
Erekson has one felony warrant listing three separate charges out of Maricopa County Superior Court: Burglary in the 3rd degree, attempted theft of means of transportation and criminal trespassing in the 1st degree.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.