DPS identifies driver in Friday's wild I-17 freeway chase

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DPS has identified the driver in Friday night's wild freeway chase down I-17.

The suspect is said to be David Matthew Milligan, 29. He faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated DUI (suspended license), theft of a means of transport, unlawful flight from law enforcement and "DUI-Liquor/Drugs/Vapors/combo."

DPS says this all started just after 7 p.m. Friday, when troopers were notified about a non-injury crash on Interstate 17 near New River.

Shortly afterward,  it was discovered that a second, single-car crash occurred on the right side of the highway, just north of the initial collision. 

A trooper responded to the second accident and spotted Milligan running southbound on the highway.

Authorities say Milligan failed to comply with troopers' orders to stop, but instead continued to run toward the first crash scene.

DPS says Milligan then jumped into an unlocked Chevy SUV and drove away southbound, leading troopers on a brief, high-speed chase down the freeway.

The pursuit ended near Greenway Road.

[Live PD video: I-17 police chase in Phoenix]

Our chopper was the only news helicopter above the chase and caught the dramatic ending live. We watched live as the suspect bailed out of his car with his dog, threw the dog over the freeway wall and then hopped over himself.

[ORGINAL STORY: Freeway chase ends as suspect bails out, throws dog over wall and runs into traffic]

The man and dog then ran right into traffic into the northbound lanes of the freeway, dodging cars as they ran.

Troopers quickly gave chase.

One trooper actually jumped onto a pickup truck driving by for a lift over to where the suspect had run.

[READ MORE: Truck driver who helped stop wild freeway chase speaks out]

Soon, troopers were able to surround the suspect on the other side of the interstate.

After a short struggle, the driver was taken into custody.

DPS says Milligan assaulted a trooper as he resisted arrest. The trooper sustained minor injuries.

The dog, a black and brown German shepherd, was not hurt. He was taken to an animal hospital to be held for 24 hours, then will be turned over to the Arizona Humane Society. 

[Slideshow: Man, dog lead DPS on wild freeway chase]

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