DPS identifies suspect in high-speed chase

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PHOENIX -- The Department of Public Safety says 31-year old Brian Cooper is the man who led officers on a high-speed chase through North Phoenix Friday night.

The chase began around 9:30 p.m. after DPS officers attempted to pull over a black Lexus for speeding, but the vehicle would not stop.

Officers pursued the vehicle as the suspect weaved through traffic on Interstate 17, the Loop 101 and nearby neighborhoods for about an hour. Speeds reached up to 120 mph.

Near the end of the pursuit, the suspect drove his vehicle toward a DPS officer on an exit ramp near I-17 and Rose Garden Lane. 

The officer opened fire, hitting the suspect. The man kept driving until he crashed into a wall a few minutes later.

After a short standoff, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition.

No DPS officers were injured.

Cooper is facing multiple charges including felony flight and aggravated assault. DPS says Cooper also has warrants in California. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.