12 Grams of meth found with convicted felon after car chase

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A car chase in Casa Grande ended with a convicted felon being arrested and 12.6 grams of methamphetamine found in his vehicle, according to a Casa Grande Police Department release.

At 8 a.m. on July 22, a Pinal County deputy was on a routine patrol noticed a sedan being driven at high speeds and drifting off the roadway. The deputy turned around and began to follow the car.

The driver started accelerating once the deputy started following him. After the deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren to pull the sedan over, the driver accelerated to 85 miles per hour. The driver ran red lights, weaved in and out of traffic and drove recklessly until he pulled over into a business.

The driver was identified as Marcos Utimio Turner, who had served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections for a manslaughter charge. Turner did not respond to deputies' commands after pulling over, but did slowly get out of his car. While being taken into custody, Turner began to resist the deputies and a taser was used to arrest him.

After Turner was taken into custody, deputies found 12.6 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale inside of his sedan. Turner also appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluations.

Turner was charged with unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement vehicle, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, resisting arrest and reckless driving. More charges may follow once toxicology results are available.