Man who led DPS on pursuit said God told him to keep going

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man arrested following a pursuit down Interstate 17 Friday night said he didn’t stop for state troopers because God told him to keep going and that police were demonic, according to newly released court documents.

David Matthew Milligan, 29, faces one count each of aggravated DUI (suspended license), aggravated assault, theft of means of transportation and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

According to the court documents released on Tuesday, witnesses told DPS that Milligan drove his vehicle the wrong way on I-17 and ran off the road, disabling the vehicle, near New River at around 7 p.m. Friday.

A trooper responding to a crash in the same area spotted Milligan and his dog walking toward the collision. DPS said Milligan and the dog got into a Chevrolet Tahoe belonging to someone at this crash scene. The trooper attempted to approach Milligan but he sped off in the Tahoe. 

Milligan refused to stop and troopers pursued him for approximately 20 miles, reaching speeds over 85 mph. 

Milligan eventually pulled over on the side of the freeway near Greenway Road and bailed out of the vehicle. He put the dog over the median wall, hopped over it himself and they ran across all lanes of traffic.

DPS said Milligan did not obey commands to stop resisting and punched a trooper in the face several times during a fight. Troopers used a Taser on him twice with no effect before eventually taking him into custody.

Milligan reportedly said that he knew the Tahoe wasn’t his but “wanted to get back to his family,” court documents show.

When asked about the collision involving his own vehicle, Milligan told troopers that he was trying to kill himself by driving into the river, according to the court records. When questioned about why he didn’t stop for the troopers, he said that God told him to keep going and that the police were demonic, court paperwork said.

Troopers said Milligan appeared to be dazed during questioning. They believe Milligan was under the influence of cannabis and possibly a CNS (central nervous system) depressant at the time. According to the court paperwork, he admitted using marijuana prior to the incident.

Milligan was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. He remains in custody on a $25,000 bond.

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