Mesa man driving stolen dump truck arrested after San Tan Valley pursuit

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Scott Hebel By Jennifer Thomas Scott Hebel By Jennifer Thomas

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – A Mesa man was arrested Friday night after leading Pinal County sheriff's deputies on a 10-mile pursuit while driving a stolen dump truck.

Scott Hebel, 52, faces charges of aggravated assault, unlawful use of means of transportation, unlawful flight, aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, a posse member alerted deputies to a dump truck traveling recklessly in the area of Ironwood Drive and Guadalupe Road in Apache Junction at 11:20 p.m.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but Hebel refused to yield and led them on a 10-mile pursuit through San Tan Valley.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Knupp said at one point, Hebel accelerated the dump truck and attempted to strike a deputy's patrol vehicle.

Hebel eventually came to a stop in a neighborhood near Lamar Street and Prince Avenue. Knupp said Hebel ignored orders to exit the vehicle and deputies forcibly removed him from the truck. Hebel reportedly resisted arrest and a Taser had to be used to take him into custody.

Deputies contacted the owner of the dump truck, who confirmed Hebel was not one of his employees. He said there had been a break-in at the truck yard earlier that night and the vehicle was stolen.