ELOY — Police chased a man Tuesday morning after he claimed to have his dead wife in the back of his pickup truck.

The Eloy Police Department received a 911 call about 8 a.m. Tuesday about responding to Pilot Travel Center on South Sunshine Boulevard. The caller said a man was yelling at customers.

The man was later identified as Terrance Raymond Ryder, 54, from Montana.

Upon arrival at the truck stop, police tried to stop the white pickup.

“The vehicle failed to yield, entering onto eastbound Interstate 10, where officers pursued the vehicle for a short distance before terminating pursuit for safety reasons,” Kristie Barnette, EPD spokeswoman, said. “Officers returned to Pilot to speak with witnesses and while doing so, Terrance (Ryder) returned and confronted them in his vehicle. Terrance told officers he had his dead wife in the back of the vehicle and again fled.”

Again police pursued Ryder in the white pickup and he went east on I-10.

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers successfully deployed deflation devices and flattened the tires on the pickup.

Ryder continued driving down the interstate with flat tires until the vehicle stopped due to the lack of traction and damage. Ryder barricaded himself in the pickup but eventually gave himself up to EPD officers after a short negotiation.

“A search of the vehicle did not reveal a body nor was there evidence of foul play,” Barnette said.

Ryder was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle, aggravated assault on law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, criminal trespassing and obstructing a highway.

He is currently being held without bond but was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.