Suspected drunk driver rams PCSO car during chase

CATALINA, Ariz. – Deputies from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office have arrested John Contreras, a Tucson man, after a wild chase and charged him against multiple felony charges.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning when a deputy parked along the side of southbound Highway 77 noticed Contreras in an unsteady state.

31-year-old Contreras was behaving erratically and stopped his Hummer SUV behind the deputy’s car. While blocking southbound traffic, he turned off his lights. He then started the engine again and veering off, swung by the deputy. The deputy ordered Contreras to stop the car but he refused to listen. With the deputy on his chase, Contreras slammed the brakes a multiple times changing lanes erratically to lose the tail behind his car. He then entered an industrial entrance where the gate in front was locked. Instead of stopping, he sharply reversed his car slamming in the deputies patrol vehicle and continued driving down Highway 77.

Driving at speeds as high as 80mph, he slammed in multiple signs along the road. Stop sticks were then deployed which lead to flat tyres of his SUV. He still kept proceeding on the rim of his tyres but had lost speed. He was brought to a stop by the deputy when he slammed in his patrol car for the second time.

Contreras refused to exit the vehicle. After constant efforts by the deputy when he stepped out, he attempted to step back in the car when the deputy shot him with a taser. He is facing charges for aggravated assault on a police officer, criminal damage, and resisting arrest. He might also be charged with driving under the influence once his blood alcohol results come back.


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