DPS pursuit ends near Casa Grande

A Tucson man was arrested Thursday morning after a high-speed chase by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers ended near Casa Grande.

CASA GRANDE — A Tucson man is in custody after leading Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers on a high-speed chase that ended near Casa Grande Thursday morning.

According to DPS, at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, a black pickup truck sped past a trooper who was preparing to make a traffic stop in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Chandler Boulevard.

The trooper tried to pull over the truck but the driver failed to yield. Troopers deployed spike strips at milepost 181 and flattened both front tires of the truck. The driver continued east toward Casa Grande, where a trooper successfully completed a PIT maneuver at milepost 192.

In a precision intervention technique maneuver, a law enforcement officer uses a vehicle to force a fleeing suspect’s vehicle to abruptly turn sideways and come to a stop.

The driver of the pickup truck, Carlos Martinez Baldenegro, 38, of Tucson was taken into custody. He was booked into the Pinal County jail on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement, reckless driving, driving under the influence, criminal damage and failure to obey a police officer.

DPS believes Martinez Baldenegro may have also been involved in several other collisions in the Phoenix metro area and may have nearly struck an Arizona Department of Transportation worker prior to the pursuit. He will also face charges in Maricopa County.


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.