Driver causes serious crash while fleeing traffic stop


by Mike Gertzman

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 6:38 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A driver who took off following a traffic stop caused a serious crash at Price and Guadalupe roads on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The driver fled on foot after the crash and police spent hours searching for him in the area.

The traffic stop was conducted by an officer in an unmarked unit from the Arizona Department of Public Safety on the westbound US 60 to the southbound Loop 101 freeway interchange.

"The DPS driver did not pursue this vehicle," said Sgt. Steve Carbajal with the Tempe Police Dept.

Besides the suspect's black Dodge Charger, at least two other vehicles were damaged in the collision. Sgt. Carbajal said some of the occupants of those vehicles had minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital.

The driver of the Charger who fled is described as a white or light-skin Hispanic male in his early 20's. He's about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white t-shirt.

The suspect could face felony flight and felony hit-and-run charges if police are able to find him.

Sgt. Carbajal said the initial traffic stop was for speeding. He said there is no indication that the Charger was stolen.

The passenger in the Charger has been detained by authorities.