Driver accused of hitting officers, pedestrian in Old Town Scottsdale arrested

Nelious E. Horsley III, 29, was booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other...
Nelious E. Horsley III, 29, was booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 6:54 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 11:46 AM MST
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The driver accused of hitting several officers and a pedestrian as he was fleeing from police in Old Town Scottsdale over the weekend has been found. Police say 29-year-old Nelious E. Horsley III was arrested at his home on Monday.

Horsley was pulled over on Saturday before 11 p.m. for driving the wrong way near Scottsdale and Camelback roads. Investigators say he began arguing with officers and refused to turn his car off and get out. After refusing to comply with police, officers tried to get Horsley out of his car. When one officer grabbed Horsley, police say he broke away and drove off, injuring the police officer.

Police say Horsley hit three officers standing near his car before driving toward two people crossing the street; he collided with one person before driving away. The officers and pedestrian weren’t seriously hurt, investigators said. Detectives were able to track Horsley to his home near McDowell and Scottsdale roads because they had his Washington driver’s license from the night of the stop.

Police pinned in Horsely’s SUV as he was walking toward the driver’s side door, preventing him from driving away, which was when he started running away. He soon lost his footing and fell to the ground, where police were able to handcuff him. Police say during the arrest, they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun on him and that he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to a felony in Washington.

Horsley was booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a police officer, endangerment, and felony flight.