Motorcyclist arrested for felony flight after pursuit near Casa Grande

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Raymond Joseph Higgs By Jennifer Thomas Raymond Joseph Higgs By Jennifer Thomas

ARIZONA CITY, Ariz. – A motorcyclist faces a felony flight charge after a pursuit near Casa Grande last week.

A Pinal County sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a motorcyclist who was traveling at 80 mph in a 50 mph zone Wednesday afternoon, according to Sgt. Pat Ramirez. The driver had a female passenger who was wearing a pink dress.

Ramirez said the deputy activated his emergency lights and the motorcyclist fled at speeds in excess of 100 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, before the deputy lost sight of him.

Another deputy located a woman wearing a pink dress walking in the area of the pursuit. She reported that she only knew the driver as "Rachet" and he was giving her a ride. She said Rachet dropped her off and continued to flee the area.

The driver was later identified as Raymond Joseph Higgs, 29, of Arizona City. Higgs was located at his home on Saturday. Ramirez said Higgs was working on a motorcycle that appeared to have been freshly painted.

Ramirez said Higgs admitted to being the driver of the motorcycle and admitted to painting it a different color.

Higgs said he fled from the deputy because "the motorcycle is not registered and it does not have insurance." Higgs reportedly feared the motorcycle would be towed if he stopped for the deputy.

Higgs was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail for one count of unlawful flight.

"Now instead of just receiving a civil traffic citation and having his motorcycle towed, he is facing a serious felony offense," Sheriff Paul Babeu said.