Thu, Oct. 17

Cottonwood pursuit ends in Camp Verde

According to a police report, officers attempted a routine traffic stop on Main Street in Cottonwood at around 1:30 a.m. They eventually began a pursuit of a 1986 Chevrolet Camero that was weaving on Main Street.

Deputies reported that officers suspected the driver was impaired. Deputies allege that the vehicle attempted to elude officers and headed toward Camp Verde on Arizona 260. The report states that deputies deployed "stop sticks" on the highway near Cherry Road, but were unsuccessful at stopping the vehicle.

The report states that officers pursued the suspects to Interstate 17 where the driver went north and exited at Middle Verde Road in the jurisdiction of the Yavapai-Apache Tribal Police Department, who assisted in the pursuit with Camp Verde Marshall's Office.

The report states that the driver and one passenger fled on foot and one passenger, identified as Quail, remained in the vehicle and was taken into custody. Deputies report that officers pursued the driver, Smith, into his residence located in the 3600 block of North Shaw Road, where he allegedly was discovered hiding under clothing inside of a bedroom.

The report states that the passenger, identified as Muro, was apprehended a short distance from the suspect vehicle. Deputies report that Smith faces charges of alleged felony flight, alleged endangerment, alleged reckless driving and alleged driving on a suspended license.

Muro faces charges of alleged resisting arrest, alleged possession of marijuana, alleged use of marijuana and two counts of alleged interfering with judicial proceedings.

The report states that Quail was arrested and charged by Yavapai Apache Tribal Police on numerous violations.

Camp Verde man killed

The Camp Verde Marshall's Office reported that Juan Padilla Jr., 21, of Camp Verde was killed Sept. 19 at around midnight. According to a police report, deputies arrived at the scene of a wreck on Montezuma Castle Highway north of Camp Lincoln.

The report states that deputies observed a red, 2000 GMC Blazer lying on its top with a person pinned underneath. The report states that Camp Verde Fire Department extricated the person who was then declared dead at the scene.

The report states that an unidentified female passenger in the vehicle was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Phoenix. The report did not state whether or not seatbelts were used.

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