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Police recover stolen patrol car after high-speed chase

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Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:32 pm | Updated: 4:54 pm, Mon Nov 7, 2011.

At approximately 10:40 a.m. on Nov. 6, officers from the Tucson Police Department’s Operations Division in Midtown acted in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle was spotted north of East Golf Links Road, and west of South Swan Road in a desert area. An officer located the vehicle and determined it was stolen, but could not detain the suspect who fled on foot through the neighborhood to the north of the desert area, and climbed over a residential wall in the 4300 block of East Calle Aurora.

According to the Nov. 6 media release, Sgt. Kyle Robinson, a 15-year veteran, was advancing towards the residence when the suspect leapt over the wall. Robinson exited his patrol car, and ordered the suspect to surrender at gunpoint, but the unidentified male began to run. Although a chase ensued, the suspect circled back around and was able to get into the driver seat of Robinson’s patrol vehicle.

While Robinson struggled to control the suspect, the suspect drove off the road onto the sidewalk and through a mailbox while aiming the driver’s side door at a large wall. During this time, Robinson was able to pull out his issued handgun and fire one round at the suspect. The shot missed the suspect, and Robinson was then required to drop free from the moving vehicle, fearing he was going to be crushed by the wall.

Robinson has sustained abrasions and bruising, but is expected to recover.

Meanwhile, another officer approaching from the east noticed the hijacked police vehicle dragging Robinson, and attempted to block it off with her own patrol car.

However, before she was able to position herself and pull in front of the stolen police vehicle, the suspect swerved, striking the left side of her patrol car. As the stolen car accelerated from the scene, the first of two vehicle pursuits ensued.

This vehicle pursuit went northbound at a high rate of speed, during which the suspect triggered the emergency lights and sounded the siren of the stolen patrol car.

Eventually, the pursuit was terminated due to perceived risk to other motorists, when the suspect began driving eastbound at speeds of approximately 90 miles per hour in westbound lanes of Broadway Boulevard approaching Swan Road.

A short time later, another vehicle pursuit was initiated when the suspect was seen driving the stolen cop car west on Interstate 10 near downtown.

Patrolmen with the Arizona Department of Public Safety were alerted of the pursuit, which allowed them to set up in advance of the suspect, while the Tucson Police Department officers slowed down, tailing at a distance.

During the I-10 chase, authorities say the suspect’s speed went past 100 miles per hour.

DPS officers engaged in the pursuit near Casa Grande by setting up road spikes that disabled the vehicle. Still, the suspect continued driving until reaching the Sacaton freeway rest area, near milepost 182. The suspect then fled on foot.

After a brief foot pursuit, DPS officers managed to Taser and arrest the suspect, who has been identified as 28-year old Steven Davis.

He has been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on one count each of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Theft of a Means of Transportation, and Felony Flight from Law Enforcement, all of which are felonies.

Additional charges are pending the follow-up investigation.

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