Man attacks mother's car with butcher knife, evades police

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PRESCOTT - The following is a press release from the Prescott Valley Police Department:

On August 9th at approximately 12:00 P.M. Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to a call of a reckless driver near S.R. 69 and Frontage. The responding officers quickly learned this was related to an ongoing domestic violence call.

Officers learned that the suspect, identified as 29 year old Walter Joseph Smith of Prescott Valley, had possibly chased a male down the street with what was initially reported to be a butcher knife. He was unable to catch the victim and allegedly ran to his mother's vehicle and began trying to slash or damage the tires.

Smith reportedly got into his vehicle and attempted to chase the male victim and possibly run him down. The victim was not harmed.

Smith's mother and her husband had valid orders of protection against Smith.

Smith fled the area and later refused to come out of his residence in the 4400 block of Romero Circle East.

The Prescott Valley Police Special Response Team was called to aid with the arrest of Smith.

Smith was safely taken into custody.

Smith later admitted to being upset at his mother and her husband. He left his residence in a vehicle. He observed his mother and her husband on Loos Dr. He stated his mother's husband "flipped him off" when he passed by. He became angry and chased them in his vehicle following very closely.

When they stopped he ran at the victim with an orange handled screw driver. He did not admit to any other actions involved in the prior victim statements.

Smith was arrested and booked at the Yavapai County Sheriff's Camp Verde Jail for:

Two counts of aggravated assault per domestic violence

Two count of aggravated harassment per domestic violence

Two counts of endangerment per domestic violence