Man arrested for running people off roadway with his truck

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On June 29, 2009, at approximately 5:15 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy was flagged down by two motorists on Beaverhead Flat Road at milepost 4. One of the motorists, a 49-year-old female from Clarkdale, was extremely distraught and explained she had just been run off the road by someone driving a black Ford truck. The other motorist told the same story. Both were visibly upset by the dangerous actions of the Ford truck's driver.

The deputy immediately began searching for the vehicle which was eventually located on Cornville Road around milepost 7. The driver identified as 50-year-old John Petrosky, admitted passing cars on Beaverhead Flat road but claimed it had been safe to do so. The area where the incident was reported does not have marked passing lanes due to several curves in the road. During a record check, Petrosky's license was found suspended and he was arrested for violating a court order not to drive unless in possession of a valid license.

At the traffic stop, the driver/victim from Clarkdale arrived and provided details about the Petrosky's driving behavior. She recalled the Ford truck forcing her, and a motorist following her, off the road as it passed at high speed on the roadway's double yellow line. She added that as the Ford was passing her vehicle, a van containing children passengers and going in the opposite direction, was forced to the side of the road to avoid a head on collision. She noted this incident was one of the most frightening moments she ever experienced in her years of driving.

At the conclusion of the investigation, deputies determined that Petrosky's driving constituted felony endangerment and he was also charged for this violation. Petrosky was uncooperative throughout the investigation and threatened YCSO personnel during his arrest, transportation and booking at the Camp Verde Detention Center. His final booking charges included Felony Endangerment, Disobey Court Mandate, Threatening and Driving on a Suspended License. He remains in-custody on $250,000 bond.

Deputies would like to locate the driver of a blue mini-van described by the witness as having to leave the roadway to avoid a collision with Petrosky and is encouraging that person to contact the Sheriff's Office immediately - refer to case 09- 024488.