PICACHO — An Arizona man is facing charges after allegedly racing another vehicle on Interstate 10 and then fleeing from DPS troopers.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Mohammad N. Qaseem, 21, is charged with unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle.

At around 2 p.m. on Sept. 21, an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper sitting in the median of I-10 heard another trooper report over the radio that two vehicles had been spotted racing in the eastbound lanes of I-10 at speeds of more than 100 mph.

A black BMW and a white Hyundai sedan driving at a high rate of speed passed the trooper sitting in the median. The trooper pulled out to catch up with the vehicles.

The trooper saw the vehicles allegedly weaving in and out of moderate traffic near milepost 211 and driving at a high rate of speed. The trooper activated his lights and siren.

At milepost 216, the trooper reported seeing the driver of the white car, later identified as Qaseem, pass traffic on the right shoulder.

The trooper then saw Qaseem allegedly leave the highway at exit 219, nearly lose control as he ran a stop sign at Picacho Peak Road and then get back onto I-10 eastbound at a high rate of speed.

The trooper continued to follow Qaseem at speeds allegedly reaching more than 120 mph before Qaseem was stopped when a good Samaritan cut him off and boxed him into traffic. Qaseem was taken into custody.

No information was available on the other driver.


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.

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