Man steals Tucson police car, leads officers on 80-mile chase to Casa Grande

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TUCSON and CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A suspect is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase from Tucson up Interstate 10 to Casa Grande Sunday morning.

It started at about 10:30 a.m. Officers tried to stop the man after running the license plate of the vehicle he was driving.

"The plate came back stolen," explained Lt. Sanford Levy of the Tucson Police Department. "The single occupant and driver of the car stopped the car and bailed and ran."

The suspect circled around and stole the sergeant's patrol cruiser. The sergeant tried to stop him, but was unsuccessful.

"The suspect started to drive with the sergeant hanging on to the car," Levy said.

The sergeant fired at the suspect, but the man got away. That's what sparked the chase.

At times the suspect reached speeds of nearly 120 mph on I-10.

The pursuit came to an end some 80 miles later near Casa Grande.

Officers deployed Stop Sticks, shredding the tries of the police car. The suspect continued on for a short distance, but eventually was forced to stop in the median. The man tried to run once again, sprinting across the highway.

Police tazed the man and took him into custody.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken back to Tucson where he will face a variety of charges.