2 Hospitalized after high-speed chase on I-17

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Two drivers were in the hospital Monday morning after an overnight police pursuit that reached more than 100 miles per hour.

The chase started when an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer tried to stop an erratic driver on Interstate 17 at Glendale Avenue just before midnight, DPS Capt. Daniel Golden said.

The driver sped away and the DPS officer gave chase, going south on I-17 before exiting on Camelback Road, Golden said.

The suspect then got back on the freeway from the Indian School Road on-ramp and reached 110 mph before exiting at Thomas Road, where he ran a red light and collided with another vehicle.

The driver was ejected from his vehicle and suffered critical injuries, Golden said.

The victim was seriously injured, but expected to survive, Golden said.

The crash closed the Thomas Road overpass and the southbound off-ramp, Golden said, and the closures were expected to last a few hours, Golden said.

Golden said impairment has not been ruled out and the investigation was continuing.