Arizona Driver Allegedly Backs Over DPS Officer, Flees Scene

Arizona Driver Allegedly Backs Over DPS Officer, Flees SceneA driver who was being chased on Wednesday by a Department of Public Safety officer in Phoenix allegedly backed his vehicle into the officer’s motorcycle before fleeing, and was later involved in a car crash near a major highway, the Arizona Republic reports.

According to the news source, the suspect also allegedly smashed into a DPS patrol car before his final accident that allowed authorities to bring the man into custody. The driver’s identity has not yet been released, however DPS officials have announced that they believe alcohol was a factor in the crashes.

The incident started when DPS officers were informed that a man driving a white Chrysler 300 was operating recklessly on Interstate 10, DPS spokesman Tim Case stated. Officers located the vehicle near the exit for Broadway Road, and chased the man off the freeway onto 40th Street, the media outlet stated.

At the corner of 44th Street and University Drive, officials say the driver became stuck between a truck and the patrol car, allowing an officer on a motorcycle to pull up behind the driver. The suspect then allegedly backed up, knocking the motorcycle and the officer to the ground. The driver then pulled forward, crashing into the back of the patrol officer’s vehicle, according to the news provider.

After fleeing the scene, the driver then crashed at the off-ramp at the intersection with U.S. 60. The roads between University Drive and Arizona 143 were closed for hours as investigators assessed the scene.

According to statistics from the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 crashes in 2010, 698 of which led to fatalities and another 33,195 resulted in injuries. Alcohol consumption was linked to 5,489 crashes.