2 Quad riders flee from sheriff's deputies in PrescottPosted: Updated:
The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:
PRESCOTT -- On June 13, 2009, at approximately 3:45 P.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop two quads driving south on Highway 89 at Highway 89a. The deputy determined that both quads were not properly equipped for use on public roadways and failed to display Arizona license plates. Once the deputy activated the emergency lights and siren on his marked vehicle, both quad drivers turned across a no left turn median towards the Potters House Church parking lot. Their actions forced northbound traffic to slow and stop to avoid colliding with the two quads as they entered the church parking lot.
The deputy continued through the parking lot as the quad riders made ongoing eye contact with the Sheriff's vehicle, but refused to stop. Both quads entered the 89a frontage road (Assurance Way) and headed towards Larry Caldwell Drive at high speed. Once at Larry Caldwell Drive, the riders turned right and headed south. A short distance later, the riders eventually split up into opposite directions. The deputy was able to follow the southbound rider and close the distance causing the rider to slow and stop. This driver was identified as 20-year-old Prescott resident Douglas Sweepe and he was detained. The deputy saw the other driver moving north at high speed towards the Hansen Cement Plant area making no effort to stop as required.
Sweepe was driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI conviction and was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle. Sweepe admitted his actions were wrong. Sweepe identified the other rider as 19-year-old Garrett Guilkey who resides near the Prescott Golf Course. Deputies went to Guilkey's home, be he could not be found. Sweepe was interviewed at YCSO's Prescott office and released pending follow-up. Sweepe's quad had been towed.
Around 7:30 P.M., suspect Guilkey called YCSO and stated he was home and agreed to meet deputies. Guilkey was arrested and told deputies he had hidden the quad near his home after the pursuit. Guilkey was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on 3 felony charges including Fleeing Pursuing Law Enforcement Vehicle, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Endangerment regarding the risk to the safety of drivers in the area during the pursuit.
Sweepe has failed to meet with YCSO deputies regarding the outcome of this case. As a result, a felony warrant was issued on June 16, 2009, for his arrest charging the Fleeing of a Pursuing Law Enforcement Vehicle, Endangerment and Driving on a Suspended License. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sweepe is urged to call YCSO or Yavapai Silent Witness - 1800-932-3232