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COOLIDGE — An attempt to stop a driver for a traffic violation Monday led to a pursuit with speeds reaching 104 miles per hour on State Route 87 in Pinal County.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle at 2:13 p.m. on Monday near milepost 227 on Interstate 10 for a traffic violation, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to stop and a pursuit was started.

The driver exited the highway onto northbound SR 87. Troopers stopped the pursuit when the driver entered Coolidge, Graves said. Troopers restarted the pursuit when the vehicle and its driver were spotted east of Coolidge.

The driver then turned onto State Route 287, where a trooper performed a PIT maneuver, which stopped the vehicle, he said.

A PIT, or pursuit intervention technique, is a tactic where law enforcement officers use their patrol vehicle to cause a vehicle they are pursuing to spin sideways abruptly, causing the driver of the vehicle to lose control and come to a stop.

Graves said the driver of the vehicle, who was allegedly under the influence of narcotics, was taken into custody and admitted to a hospital. He was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service for an outstanding felony warrant.


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.