5 In custody after high-speed chase ends in desertPosted: Updated:
GILA RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION -- Police, scouring the Gila River Indian Reservation for the suspects who bailed out of a pickup truck following a high-speed pursuit, have five people in custody.
According to the Department of Public Safety, it started at about 5 a.m. with an attempted traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Guadalupe. The driver refused to stop and a chase ensued. At times, the pickup reportedly was traveling more than 100 mph.
The driver of the truck continued on to State Route 347. In the area of Riggs Road, he took off into the desert. DPS lost the truck for a time.
Just before 6 a.m., the news chopper spotted the truck, which had by then been abandoned. Plywood could be seen in the back, something that's been fairly common in recent weeks.
Officers spent quite some time searching for the driver of the pickup, and anyone else who might have been in the vehicle.
With the help of the news chopper, five suspects, four of them juveniles, were found a couple of miles from where the truck was discovered. According to DPS, all five of the males are illegal immigrants. They will be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Robert Bailey, a DPS spokesman, said investigators believe the driver and one more passenger are still on the loose.