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Suspect arrested; 2 drivers hurt in crash during Chandler police chase

Cevedia was booked on seven counts of endangerment, one count of aggravated assault and one...
Cevedia was booked on seven counts of endangerment, one count of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement.(MCSO)
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 9:00 AM MST
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CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A man who allegedly hit two police vehicles and led Chandler officers on a brief chase Tuesday night was arrested. Police arrested Derek Jason Cevedia following the pursuit. Sgt. Jason McClimans with the Chandler Police Department says no officers were hurt during the incident.

According to court documents, a witness called police after seeing Cevedia passed out in a truck near Chandler and Dobson roads around 9:30 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the truck was in drive and was stopped at a curb, so officers boxed Cevedia’s truck in. Court paperwork says an officer saw he had foil with burnt residue resting on his leg and a lighter in his hand. An officer tapped on the window, and Cevedia threw the foil and lighter on the ground, then grabbed the gear although the car was already in drive. Cevedia then hit the gas, and the truck went over the curb, hitting a patrol vehicle in front of it, according to court paperwork. He then tried to go backward and hit the patrol car behind him.

One officer was able to jump over a wall, and the other ran out of the way to avoid being hit. Cevedia drove back onto Chandler Boulevard before jumping on the eastbound Loop 202. Police say Cevedia was speeding at 80 miles an hour on the freeway. A pursuit began when Cevedia tried to evade officers. According to court documents, one officer tried to pin Cevedia’s truck, but Cevedia then rammed his vehicle into the side of the patrol car. He then turned off the freeway into a Chandler neighborhood as police continued to follow him.

Police say the suspect ran a red light.
Police say the suspect ran a red light.(Arizona's Family)

Police say Cevedia ran a red light near Price and Warner roads and hit two vehicles, injuring two other drivers. Cevedia tried to run away after the crash but was arrested shortly afterward by police. Police say one of the drivers had a fractured pelvis, and the other did not have serious injuries.

According to court documents, Cevedia told officers he did not remember anything other than falling asleep in the parking lot. He then told officers he took fentanyl and meth. Court paperwork says Cevedia told police he did not remember driving.

Police found Cevedia had two warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody. He was booked on seven counts of endangerment, one count of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement.