Driver of SUV hit in high-speed chase recounts crash

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 10:00 PM

PHOENIX -- A Valley woman whose SUV was T-boned in a high-speed chase Thursday is speaking out about the crash which injured her young son.

"All I remember is, all of a sudden, the car just got shoved. I got an air bag in my face," Vicki Morrison recalled. "It felt like I was spinning but I think I only did a 180. Everything was chaotic."

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said officers tried to conduct a traffic stop on 39-year-old Rodolfo Angeles Nunez but he allegedly refused to pull over.

They pursued the vehicle for several miles during the evening rush hour until it collided with Morrison's SUV in the intersection of 51st Avenue and Cactus Road.

"Right in front of my car, at the hood, I see a couple officers and I'm thinking, 'Wow that was super quick,' because I had no idea what was going on," Morrison said.

She became even more frightened when she realized the officers had their guns drawn. She then watched them take off running.

Nunez ran from the vehicle but was tackled by an off-duty police officer. On-duty law enforcement personnel then surrounded him and reportedly used a stun gun to subdue him.

Paramedics began treating Vicki and her son at the scene.

"I didn't lose consciousness but everything all of a sudden was muffled," Morrison said. "I think it was from the air bag hitting me."

Morrison's son was taken to a hospital by ambulance with complaints of back pain.

"He's going to be OK," Morrison said. "That was the world for me was making sure he was OK. That was all I wanted to know."

Nunez faces several charges including felony fight, aggravated assault and reckless driving.

DPS says investigators are trying to determine if Nunez was involved in any crimes before the traffic stop.

Sources told 3TV that Nunez was trying to hold onto a bag containing thousands of dollars in cash as he ran.

"He needs to go away for a long time," Morrison said. "I mean, he didn't just put my life in danger, (but) everybody who was on that road, the people that he missed by a fraction. He could have done major damage."

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