High-speed chase near Casa Grande leads to pot bust

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Deputies located approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana after a high-speed chase near Casa Grande. By Jennifer Thomas Deputies located approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana after a high-speed chase near Casa Grande. By Jennifer Thomas
Deputies located approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana after a high-speed chase near Casa Grande. By Jennifer Thomas Deputies located approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana after a high-speed chase near Casa Grande. By Jennifer Thomas
Deputies located approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana after a high-speed chase near Casa Grande. By Jennifer Thomas Deputies located approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana after a high-speed chase near Casa Grande. By Jennifer Thomas
Hilario Gonzales Soliz By Jennifer Thomas Hilario Gonzales Soliz By Jennifer Thomas
Ramon Rodriquz Ortiz By Jennifer Thomas Ramon Rodriquz Ortiz By Jennifer Thomas

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Pinal County sheriff's deputies seized 400 pounds of marijuana following a high-speed chase south of Casa Grande Monday afternoon.

A deputy driving southbound on ChuiChu Road near Selma Highway spotted a 1985 Cadillac sedan approaching at a high rate of speed and clocked the vehicle traveling at 85 mph in a 50 mph zone.

The vehicle accelerated up to 100 mph and the driver drove in a reckless manner in an attempt to avoid the deputy, according to sheriff's office spokesman Tim Gaffney.

The Cadillac pulled into the Holiday Inn Hotel near Florence Boulevard and Pinal Avenue in Casa Grande and was unable to negotiate the turn. Gaffney said the vehicle drove over a curb and hit two parked cars then the four suspects fled on foot.

Gaffney said Hilario Gonzales Soliz, 33, of Mexico, realized he was going to get caught and turned to fight the deputy who was chasing him. After a physical altercation, he was taken into custody.

Soliz suffered a laceration to his head and the deputy sustained a broken bone in his hand.

Yadira Garcia, 28, of Casa Grande, fled into the hotel. She was taken into custody by off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agents who were inside.

Ramon Rodriquz Ortiz, 28, of Mexico, was found hiding underneath a parked car and was taken into custody.

The driver of the vehicle was never located. It is believed she sustained injuries to her face in the crash.

Gaffney said deputies found approximately 400 pounds of packaged marijuana with a street value of $207,000 inside the car.

All three suspects were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.

Soliz is facing additional charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.