Police chase ends after driver rams police

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by Mike Gertzman and Steve Bodinet

Video reports by Mike Watkiss and Steve Bodinet

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 5:40 PM

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The driver of a truck led police on a chase around the West Valley Friday morning.

The large truck was believed to be stolen. It belongs to a company called Viking SupplyNet. Police said a witness saw the truck being stolen from the business on Watkins Street near 7th Street and Interstate 10 and followed it while calling authorities.

The witness lost sight of the truck but police were able to locate it and began to follow.

Officers from the Phoenix Police Department and the Department of Public Safety were involved in the pursuit.

It started at approximately 10:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 10 at 7th Avenue.

The driver of the stolen truck, who was later identified as 31-year-old Christopher Davis, was reportedly involved in several collisions during the pursuit, including some involving semi trucks.

"It did pass a couple of schools, obviously intersections," said Sgt. Steve Martos with Phoenix police. "We attempted to stop this vehicle, however, this suspect began driving at officers and driving at other civilians who were driving on the roadway." 

"I was just scared," said Joshiel Reyes as he surveyed  the damage to his treasured Mustang. 

Reyes was driving on Interstate 10 when he says the stolen truck almost hit a car in front of him.

"I yelled at him and then he just turned his truck on me," said Reyes.

Reyes and at least four others were shaking but thankful to be alive after being rammed or sideswiped.

"He just hit me, I don't know why," said Milid Yousif as he tried to fix a broken mirror on his semi.

The chase ended on Cotton Lane at Maricopa 85 in Goodyear, Ariz. right after Davis rammed some police cars.

The officer inside a rammed patrol SUV apparently fired a gun through his own windshield in an attempt to the stop Davis.

As many as five police officers opened fire on the truck, according to Sgt. Martos. Davis was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. He did have gunshot wounds but was conscious and combative at the hospital, according to police.

One officer was taken to a hospital. That officer's injuries are not considered serious.

The chase resulted in several road closures through rush hour on Friday.

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