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DPS traffic stop ends with struggle on hot pavement

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Austin Maxwell posted the video to Facebook and it got plenty of comments, likes and shares. In the comments, many people argued both sides of the case. (Source: Austin Maxwell) Austin Maxwell posted the video to Facebook and it got plenty of comments, likes and shares. In the comments, many people argued both sides of the case. (Source: Austin Maxwell)
Marc Cordell LeBeau (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Marc Cordell LeBeau (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
"I wasn't sure what had happened," said Austin Maxwell, who witnessed -- and recorded -- the incident. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) "I wasn't sure what had happened," said Austin Maxwell, who witnessed -- and recorded -- the incident. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

"I wasn't sure what had happened," said Austin Maxwell, who witnessed -- and recorded -- the incident.

Maxwell had just picked up his girlfriend and was driving near the Loop 202 and Brown Road Monday afternoon when he saw a struggle between a Department Public Safety trooper and a man, later identified as Marc LeBeau, in the middle of the street. Maxwell immediately whipped out his cell phone and started recording.

UPDATE: Good Samaritan talk about helping trooper, DPS releases second video

"He was already getting pulled out of the car and wrestling him on the ground and you could hear him just yelling," Maxwell said. "He's yelling, 'Can you put me in the rocks? Can you push me to the side?' I don't know if he was trying to get away or um ... [I] assume the street was hot."

Other people began to stop and watch the struggle between the two. Maxwell said it was disturbing to see and while he knew the guy was in pain, he didn’t know what had happened or how it started, so he stayed back and kept recording.

RAW VIDEO: Watch the video Maxwell shot of the incident

"After they wrestled for a while, another man came over and helped and then they got him in the car," Maxwell said.

"You can hear him as he was putting him in the car, 'Look, see how it's cool in there? If you would have done what I said you’d know it’s not hot like you are yelling about,'" said Maxwell.

Maxwell posted the video to Facebook and it got plenty of comments, likes and shares. In the comments, many people argued both sides of the case.

"It can be either way; I don't know how he was acting or if he was being rude but again that's no reason for it to escalate so violently," Maxwell said.

We reached out to DPS for more information, but at first, a spokesman would only tell us the man was stopped for excessive speeding.

DPS later issued a news release with more details, including the fact that its trooper clocked LeBeau driving 95 mph in a 65-mph zone. That is what triggered the traffic stop. DPS said LeBeau was slow to pull over.

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"The trooper cautiously approached LeBeau, advising him of the reason for the stop and told him he was under arrest," according to a DPS news release. "While attempting to take LeBeau into custody, he assaulted the trooper by pushing him while refusing to be handcuffed. LeBeau continued to push the officer while complaining the pavement was hot on his bare feet. The trooper was able to place one handcuff on him but was unable to gain control of LeBeau."

It was about at the point that Maxwell started recording the confrontation on his cell phone. DPS has seen Maxwell's video and says it shows LeBeau "clearly disobeying and resisting the trooper ...."

As Maxwell described, other people stopped to see what was happening.

"Two passing motorist [sic] stopped to help the trooper get LeBeau into handcuffs," according to the DPS release. "In 30 seconds LeBeau was under control and a few seconds later in the back of the patrol car. "

According to DPS, LeBeau was taken to the hospital where he "was treated for minor scrapes and released."

DPS said impairment is suspected. LeBeau, 34, was booked on suspicion of criminal speed, resisting arrested and DUI.

"Although the pavement was hot, it did not have to end up there," Lt. Colonel Daniel Lugo, DPS assistant director, said. “We don’t get to pick the location a combative suspect wants to fight…they do. Thanks to two courageous citizens helping our trooper, we were able to gain control of Mr. LeBeau and get him in the back of a police car before he seriously hurt himself or our trooper."

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