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Pursuit of a Carjacking Suspect Ends in Collision

Carjacking suspect leads law enforcement on a pursuit along I-17

Monday, February 13, 2017 -

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Munds Park – A carjacking suspect in a stolen vehicle led law enforcement on a pursuit along I -17. During the pursuit, the suspect fired at pursuing vehicles before colliding head-on into a commercial vehicle.

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 9:51 a.m., the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) received reports of a red Mustang being driven recklessly southbound along I-17 at milepost 298, which is north of Camp Verde. The Mustang collided with another vehicle. The suspect left the scene on foot and traveled to the northbound side of I-17. The suspect then took a white SUV from its occupants, and fled. Troopers pursued the stolen SUV. Troopers came under fire from the suspect during the pursuit; no one was injured by the gunshots. The SUV exited I-17 at exit 289, but returned traveling northbound on I-17. At approximate milepost 305 the vehicle crossed over the median and drove northbound in the southbound lanes of travel.

At 10:20 a.m., the suspect collided head-on with a commercial semi-truck southbound on I-17 at milepost 307.8, which is 15 miles south of Munds Park. After colliding with the commercial semi-truck, the suspect confronted a Yavapai Deputy Sheriff, who assisted in the pursuit. The deputy sheriff discharged his weapon at the suspect. The suspect suffered serious life-threatening injuries from the collision and was flown to a hospital.

The victim driver of the commercial vehicle was transported from the scene by ambulance with minor injuries. Interstate 17 was closed from approximately 10:20 a.m. until 8:58 p.m. while investigators conducted the investigation into this incident.

This is the information available at this time. The investigation is on-going.

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.