Wild chase along Valley freeways ends in violent crash in Tempe

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Mitchell Taebel, 31, arrested after leading DPS troopers on a pursuit that ended in a head-on collision in Tempe. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Mitchell Taebel, 31, arrested after leading DPS troopers on a pursuit that ended in a head-on collision in Tempe. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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A wild chase along Valley freeways Wednesday morning ended in a violent chase in Tempe.

[WATCH: Raw video of entire chase that ended in crash]

A suspect in a red SUV began speeding along the freeways just before 10 a.m. 

That suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Mitchell Timothy Taebel.

[News briefing: DPS holds news briefing about Wednesday's pursuit]

"It all began in the west Valley on State Route 85," said DPS Trooper Kameron Lee. "One of our sergeants attempted a traffic stop on a red Jeep SUV, northbound on SR 85 at MP 138, which is north of the prison and south of MC 85."

The SUV failed to yield to troopers and took off, and officials began a pursuit.

[RAW VIDEO OF START OF CHASE: DPS begins chasing suspect on Valley freeways]

Troopers attempted to throw down stop sticks on ST 85, but the SUV managed to swerve around them and kept going.

Helicopters and DPS troopers followed the suspect as he continued to drive at high speeds along Interstate 10, eventually transitioning onto the 202.

 [SLIDESHOW: DPS pursuit ends in violent crash in Tempe]

At about 10:50 a.m., the suspect car exited the 202 at Scottsdale Road, and headed south on Rural Road toward the ASU campus.

"As that vehicle approached one of the stoplights it was held up in traffic. At that point, two of our unmarked vehicles tried to box in the SUV to get it to stop and take the suspect into custody. But the suspect veered to the right and rammed one of our patrol cars and then continued southbound at a high rate of speed," said Lee.

[PDF: Court paperwork for Mitchell Taebel]

Taebel then picked up even more speed, racing south on Rural and dangerously weaving in and out of traffic and even sideswiping another vehicle.

"As it approached Spence Avenue, it sideswiped a white SUV," said Lee.

The chase came to a violent end when the suspect slammed into another car on Rural just south of Apache, spinning out in a cloud of flying metal and billowing smoke.

"He continued into the intersection where it struck a black SUV, almost head-on, causing a major collision," said Lee.

Witnesses in the area described hearing the crash. "You had to hear it; it was loud!" said Darren Dowens, who works in the area. "It sounded like a big, almost like a generator exploding or something. It was a sonic boom."

[RAW VIDEO OF END OF CHASE: Chase comes to an end with violent crash in Tempe]

But it wasn't quite over. 

The suspect then climbed out of the car and took off running, with DPS troopers chasing him on foot.

Some witnesses in the area even interacted briefly with the suspect as troopers began to surround him.

[WATCH RAW VIDEO: Witnesses interact with suspect before his arrest]

When they caught up with him, the suspect did not go down without a fight, struggling with the troopers until they managed to subdue him and take him into custody.

Taebel suffered minor injuries and was treated and released into custody.

[RAW VIDEO: Mitchell Taebel faces judge]

The driver of the black SUV that Taebel struck, a 47-year-old woman, was also injured. She was taken to the hospital with a broken hand and a broken foot.

Her daughter has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover medical expenses.

"Whenever she closes her eyes, she relives the crash," Stanisha Charne wrote on the page, explaining that her mom's injuries are emotional, as well as physical. "She is very blessed to be alive considering the severity of the accident."

DPS says Taebel has an extensive criminal history including violent felonies and misdemeanors stretching across several states. He has a California driver's license and has served prison time in New York. DPS also said he has 'anti-government' views.

According to court documents, Taebel stated he will not obey laws imposed to his freedom and also stated he had the legal authority to take an officer's life to preserve his freedom.

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