PD: Suspect who tried to run down officer arrested after chase

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- A driver is accused of nearly running over a Gilbert Police officer and leading cops on a high speed chase through neighborhood streets Monday morning.

According to a Gilbert Police spokesperson, Preston Oberly, 25, was causing a commotion in the parking lot near the Pawn 1st on Guadalupe and Gilbert around 9:00 a.m. Police say Oberly was yelling, screaming and banging on car windows.

"He was pounding on windows, yelling, screaming, acting very erratically," says Gilbert Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger.

Officers arrived a short time later and got out of their patrol units to confront Oberly, who is believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.

Police say Oberly hopped into his black pick-up truck and attempted to ram the officers, nearly running them over.

"At one point he attempted to tam an officer," says Sgt. Sanger. "He narrowly missed striking the officer with his vehicle."

Witnesses say Oberly took off, driving more than 60 miles an hour and running through red lights and stop signs. Police spotted his vehicle near Lindsay Road and a chase ensued.

Officers performed several PIT maneuvers to finally bring Oberly to a stop in the area of Recker and Williams Field Road.

Oberly was taken into custody on charges of aggravated DUI, aggravated assault and felony flight.

Back at the parking lot where it all started, shoppers are shocked. "It really makes me angry," says  Toni Anderson. "It's dangerous enough out there with the vehicles, with the cars out there; we do't need people doing things like that."