PICACHO PEAK — An 18-year-old man was arrested after speeding well in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 10.
According to Pinal County Superior Court records, at 4:08 p.m. on July 30, an officer spotted a silver Chrysler sedan traveling at a high rate of speed and changing lanes aggressively. The officer allegedly clocked the vehicle at 133 mph.
The vehicle continued to drive at speeds over 100 mph and change lanes aggressively after the officer turned on his lights and sirens in pursuit. The officer called off the pursuit after he lost sight of the vehicle.
Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers and other law enforcement agencies continued to look for the vehicle and spotted one matching its description in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen at exit 219. The vehicle was abandoned.
When the officer entered the restaurant, he spotted a young man and woman who “looked defeated.” When the officer asked the couple which vehicle was theirs, they said they had walked to the restaurant. The officer reported he thought that was odd since the closest exits with gas stations were about 10 miles away in either direction.
When the officer asked the man for identification, he noticed the man’s hands were shaking as he handed over the couple’s IDs.
The officer asked the man if he was driving, and the man allegedly nodded his head. When the officer took the man into custody, he found the keys to the vehicle in the man’s pocket.
Gabriel D. Lopez, 18, was indicted for unlawful flight from a law enforcement officer and endangerment.