Thu, April 09

Yavapai pursuit ends in Phoenix

INTERSTATE 17 - A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy was getting off Interstate 17 Thursday morning near Horse Thief Basin and spotted a white car stopped in the middle of the road. As the deputy approached, the vehicle pulled back onto I-17, cutting off a tractor-trailer rig.

The car was traveling only 40 mph and caused the tractor to brake rapidly. The 2010 Ford Focus continued slowing to 30 mph and then suddenly changed to the fast lane and cut off another car.

The deputy eventually got behind the vehicle, turned on emergency lights, but, even though the driver made eye contact, she refused to yield and the pursuit was on. The deputy believed the driver was impaired.

DPS took over the pursuit at about milepost 240.

The small car got off the freeway at New River but re-entered the freeway again at Daisy Mountain

The Ford Focus reached speeds of more than 105 mph and a DPS Ranger Helicopter flew overhead to monitor the pursuit. Stop sticks were deployed at Greenway and three of the tires of the Focus were punctured and got off the freeway at Cactus Road.

Janelle Simpson, 37, of Carbondale, Colo., left the vehicle in the middle of the road and then tried to carjack another vehicle nearby using no weapons but she was taken into custody by officers from the DPS, MCSO and Phoenix Police.

Simpson was booked for felony flight, driving while impaired and third degree burglary.

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