ELOY — An Eloy man is facing charges after allegedly leading Eloy Police officers on a high-speed pursuit through town.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Jose D. Martinez, 32, is charged with unlawful flight from law enforcement.

At 7:12 p.m. on Nov. 4, Eloy Police officers received a report of a man driving a dark pickup truck recklessly near Tryon Road and First Street.

An officer parked his vehicle near Tryon and Alsdorf roads in an attempt to see if the truck would pass him. The officer allegedly saw the truck with a male driver, later identified as Martinez, exit Picacho Heights Road at Alsdorf Road. The truck passed a stop sign before coming to a stop near Tryon and Alsdorf roads. The truck stopped for the next four-way stop intersection and then turned north on Tryon Road.

The officer turned on his emergency lights and started following the truck. The driver of the truck continued north on Tryon Road at 15 mph. The officer gave a couple of chirps from his siren and Martinez allegedly waved out the window at the officer before accelerating onto Third Street.

Martinez then drove at around 50 mph west down Third Street, blowing through the stop sign and “vaulting the intersection” at Santa Cruz Avenue and landing on West Third Street, according to an EPD report. He then allegedly ran the stop sign at Third Street and Sunshine Boulevard and turned south on Sunshine Boulevard toward Frontier Street.

Martinez then allegedly ran the intersection at Sunshine Boulevard and Frontier Street, where several vehicles were stopped. He allegedly drove across the railroad tracks and west onto Alsdorf Road. At that point he allegedly turned off the lights on his truck and accelerated to 80 mph in a 25 mph zone, kicking up a large cloud of dust. The officer broke off the pursuit at that point due to it being a residential street.

Officers were later able to track Martinez to his home using his vehicle’s registration and a photo from his driver’s license. He was taken into custody on Nov. 5 at 12:02 p.m. in the 400 block of East Fourth Street.


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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