Coolidge man arrested on drug charges after pursuit

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ELOY, Ariz. -- A Coolidge man was arrested on drug charges after leading authorities on a pursuit in Pinal County Sunday evening.

Louis Mariscal Jr., 28, was charged with DUI-drugs, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to yield.

A Pinal County sheriff's deputy stopped Mariscal near Eleven Mile Corner and Cornman roads in Eloy after noticing his vehicle had an obstructed windshield due to dark tint, according to sheriff's spokesman Elias Johnson.

The deputy reported smelling marijuana coming from inside Mariscal's 1997 Geo sedan. He also noted that the man's eyes were watery and bloodshot and that he was acting lethargic. Mariscal reportedly admitted smoking marijuana.

When the deputy asked Mariscal to exit his vehicle, he fled the scene.

The deputy pursued the vehicle on Highway 87, reaching speeds of 100 mph, according to Johnson. During the pursuit, Mariscal threw several items from his vehicle later found to be marijuana and a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue.

After pursuing the vehicle for approximately 12 miles, a Coolidge police officer deployed stop sticks along Highway 87 at Martin Road. Mariscal stopped 1/4 mile short of running over the sticks and was taken into custody after a short struggle.

Johnson said a baggie containing 1.2 grams of marijuana was found in Mariscal's pants pocket. A search of Mariscal's vehicle tuned up .2 grams of methamphetamine as well as several rolled marijuana cigarettes that had been smoked.

While in custody Mariscal reportedly told deputies, "I'm sorry for running, I just wanted to get home to see my mom." He also told deputies he felt "stupid for running."