DPS searching desert for suspects after short chase

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. -- Department of Public Safety officers spent part of the morning searching the desert of the Gila River Indian Community after two people in a vehicle they were following took off on foot.

According to DPS, officers tried to stop the Suburban as it was heading east on Interstate 10 at Wild Horse Pass Boulevard at about 5:30 a.m. The driver refused to pull over.

Officers followed. The chase reportedly reached speeds of up to105 mph.

The vehicle sped off into the desert near Riggs Road. Two people bailed out of the Suburban, jumped a fence and ran across the freeway to the east side.

It's not clear why officers initially tried to stop the vehicle or why the suspects ran.

According to Mike Kline of Unique Heavy Recovery, it's not uncommon for his company to pick up abandoned vehicles in the desert. He said the Suburban is the fifth vehicle he's picked up this month.

"Very rarely are they ever claimed," he said.

If nobody claims a vehicle picked up by Unique Heavy Recovery after a specific amount of time, the company will apply for the vehicle's title, put the vehicle in the company's name, and then put it up for auction.