CASA GRANDE — A Casa Grande man is facing charges after he allegedly fled from police officers after being seen after hours in Dave White Regional Park.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Bobby D. Ibarra is charged with unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle.

At 1:06 a.m. on April 27, a Casa Grande Police officer spotted a white pickup truck parked inside Dave White Park. The driver of the truck, later identified as Ibarra, allegedly turned on the vehicle’s headlights and started to drive off.

The officer turned on his overhead lights to stop the vehicle but Ibarra allegedly refused to stop and drove past the patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed, striking a curb. The officer then activated his lights and sirens. Ibarra exited the parking lot and turned south on Thornton Road before coming to an abrupt stop in the middle of the road.

Commands were given and Ibarra was removed from the truck. Ibarra admitted to knowing that the park was closed. According to reports, he told officers that he didn’t stop when he first saw the officer because he nearly got shot the last time he was pulled over by a law enforcement officer.

Officers noted that Ibarra had two warrants for his arrest, one for criminal littering and one for being in a park after hours.

Ibarra was booked into the Pinal County jail.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.