Police chase in Phoenix ends with 3 people arrested


by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 4:20 PM

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PHOENIX -- Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading police on a chase north of the Valley.

A Phoenix police officer observed a yellow Honda Civic near 19th Avenue and Mountain View Road at about 3:45 p.m. and conducted a random license plate check, which revealed the car had been stolen out of Tempe on Tuesday, according to police spokesman Officer James Holmes.

The suspect driver, later identified as Ryan Tsosie, 22, fled the area. He traveled west on Peoria Avenue toward Interstate 17 and, while attempting to enter the highway via the northbound access road, struck five vehicles that were delayed in the traffic lanes, according to Holmes.

With the Phoenix police helicopter overhead, the suspects drove north out of town, eventually getting off I-17 at the Bumblebee Road exit to avoid stop sticks and heading west through the desert.

As they attempted to speed away from Department of Public Safety officers, a suspect in the back seat could be seen throwing an object out the window.

The chase eventually ended when the driver lost control of the vehicle while attempting to navigate a turn on Crown King Road.

The car drove over the edge and came to a stop in the desert.

Tsosie and his passengers, Shane Johnson, 19, and a 17-year-old female, were taken into custody. Tsosie and Johnson were later booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. The female was detained at the Juvenile Corrections Center.

Tsosie faces charges of auto theft, felony flight, five counts of aggravated assault and numerous felony warrants. Johnson and the juvenile face auto theft charges.