PCSO Luis Gonzales

Luis Gonzales

CASA GRANDE — A Scottsdale man allegedly transporting undocumented immigrants is facing charges after he fled from Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Luis P. Gonzales, 18, is charged with unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle.

At 7:33 p.m. on March 26, a PCSO deputy was watching westbound traffic on Interstate 10 near mile marker 212. The deputy saw a blue truck with temporary tags traveling in the middle lane that was swerving in its own lane and drifted at least twice into the right lane for 25 to 50 feet.

When the deputy activated his lights to pull the truck over, the driver, later identified as Gonzales, allegedly slowed to a stop near mile marker 207 and then took off as the deputy approached the vehicle on foot.

The deputy started to pursue the truck with speeds reaching 90 to 100 mph. The truck also weaved in and out of traffic.

Around mile marker 187, two miles south of Pinal Avenue, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers were able to slow the vehicle using spike strips.

As the vehicle rolled to a stop near Exit 185, multiple people bailed out of the car and ran. As officers were searching the area they found Gonzales, who allegedly admitted to driving the truck and fleeing from officers. He also allegedly admitted to knowing that he was transporting undocumented immigrants from Marana to Phoenix.

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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.