Suspect in police chase, crash on I-10 has criminal history

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A stretch of the Interstate 10 near 27th Avenue was backed up during rush hour thanks to a police chase that ended in a crash.

The suspect took off running but some good Samaritans saw everything and pointed officers in the right direction to track him down. 
 
The ordeal started when an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer tried to pull the suspect over. The suspect refused to stop and the officer gave chase for a short while before breaking off due to safety concerns with the heavy traffic. 
 
A mile later, the suspect smashed into two other cars, got out of his vehicle and ran off. A witness saw it all.
 
"We heard the accident… we see a guy in a purple shirt running as fast as he can, wearing a backpack, hops this fence really well, hops this other fence," said Stephen Martin, who was working on a car in the parking lot of Comfort Inn when he saw what happened and gave cops a description of the suspect.  
 
“[The suspect] goes running around the other side, falls on his face in the rocks over there…  About 10 minutes later cops come back.  In the back of the cop car, ‘is this the guy?’  I said, ‘That's the guy, good job.”’
 
Police also arrested a man they say picked up the suspect in a green pickup following the crash.  
 
Police said the main suspect has a criminal history, but wouldn't elaborate.