Motorcyclist facing felony charges after leading DPS on high-speed chase

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PHOENIX -- A high-speed chase in Phoenix last month has resulted in felony charges against a 22-year-old man.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas filed a criminal complaint against Ian Jonathan Erekson, charging him with four counts of unlawful flight from a law enforcement officer in connection with the Dec. 29 chase.

No one was injured in the chase.

In addition, Erekson faces one count of unlawful flight and one of endangerment in an August incident.

Thomas says people who flee from police place themselves, other motorists and officers at risk.

Motorcyclist leads DPS officers on high-speed chase on I-17

PHOENIX -- A motorcyclist is in custody after leading Department of Public Safety officers on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning.

A DPS officer initially tried to pull over the motorcycle rider for speeding near Bell Road and southbound Interstate 17, but he fled. According to DPS, the motorcyclist has an outstanding felony warrant.

After fleeing from other officers on city streets, the motorcyclist was later located on southbound I-17 near Camelback Road. He then drove through Sky Harbor International Airport, driving in and out of the terminals going the wrong way, and then ended up on northbound I-17.

The chase lasted about an hour. However, due to the dangers the chase imposed, the officers called off the pursuit.

A Phoenix police helicopter followed the driver as he weaved in and out of traffic, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph while on I-17.

The driver pulled over at the Rock Springs exit south of Black Canyon City after running out of gas.

Scott Gilbert, a good Samaritan, and Robert Thoop, a retired DPS officer from Black Canyon City, came up to Erekson and encouraged him to surrender. A few minutes later, a DPS officer arrived on scene and placed Erekson under arrest.

The rider has been identified as Ian Jonathan Erekson, 22, of Phoenix.

"We believe it's the same motorcyclist who has fled from us on several other occasions," said DPS spokesman Robert Bailey.

Erekson faces charges of felony flight, endangerment, reckless driving and criminal speed. The outstanding warrant lists burglary, auto theft and criminal trespassing charges.