Tempe police officer involved in second pursuit

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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 11:06 AM

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PHOENIX -- A Tempe police officer who was arrested over the weekend was taken into custody again on Monday after a chase in southern Arizona, according to Officer Carrick Cook with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Garrett Michael Peterson, 30, fled from DPS officers on Interstate 8 near Yuma, Ariz. The pursuit began just after 2 p.m. and reached speeds of approximately 90 miles per hour.

After turning around several times, Peterson crashed head on into a commercial truck, according to Officer Cook.

Peterson apparently took off on Monday after he posted bond following his initial appearance in court on Monday.

He was accused of threatening his ex-wife on Friday in Gilbert and then leading officers on a high-speed chase while allegedly driving intoxicated.

Authorities say Peterson was arrested about 1 a.m. Saturday. His ex-wife told police that he was making threatening phone calls and sending threatening text messages to her and her new husband.

Officers arrived at the woman's home and police say Peterson led them on chase that topped 120 mph.

He was arrested on suspicion of felony endangerment, threatening and intimidating, driving under the influence, felony flight and reckless driving.

Police in Gilbert said they started a new threat investigation after Peterson was release today.

Statement from Tempe Police Department
Tempe Police Officer Garrett Peterson Resigns

Today Garrett Peterson resigned as a Tempe Police Officer after he was contacted by phone to begin an internal investigation reference his arrest this weekend. Garrett has been employed with the Tempe Police Department since May of 2007 and has worked in our Patrol Bureau his entire career as an Officer.

Today Garrett was involved in another criminal investigation being investigated by the Gilbert Police Department which led to an "Attempt to Locate" to state wide agencies, including Border Patrol and DPS. This afternoon Tempe PD was informed that Border Patrol had located Garrett’s vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on him. At this time Garrett has been detained by DPS and is currently in their custody after he led Border Patrol and DPS on a vehicle pursuit on the I-8, near Yuma.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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