Man, 85, leads troopers on 'lower-speed' pursuit spanning 3 freeways

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Troopers were chasing a suspect in the East Valley on Tuesday night. (Source: ADOT) Troopers were chasing a suspect in the East Valley on Tuesday night. (Source: ADOT)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

An 85-year-old man was taken into custody after a pursuit that started in the north Valley ended in the East Valley on Tuesday night.

The Department of Public Safety received reports of a vehicle weaving on southbound Interstate 17 near Cactus Road at around 8 p.m.. Troopers located the vehicle in the area of eastbound Interstate 10 near the tunnel. DPS spokesman Trooper Kameron Lee said the vehicle was straddling the two left lanes.

Troopers attempted to stop the driver, but he did not pull over, according to Lee.

"Our troopers did initiate a low(er) speed pursuit with speed between 55 and 65 mph," Lee said in an email.

Lee said the driver continued driving between lanes and troopers followed the driver onto the U.S. 60 eastbound.

Troopers threw stop sticks near Rural Road. The driver came to a stop around McClintock Road and was taken into custody.

Lee said the 85-year-old driver had various health and mental health issues. He was admitted to a hospital for those issues.

DPS is not releasing the man's name. At this time, it does not appear he will face any charges, according to Lee.

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