Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a suspected drunk driver Tuesday night, but when they tried to pull him over, he fled.
Besides a possible DUI, the reason for the attempted traffic stop was due to the driver speeding in excess of 85 miles per hour, along with cutting in and out of lanes.
The pursuit came to end near Interstate 10 and Dysart Road where a deputy blocked the intersection.
31-year-old Jorge Mendez-Perez eventually pulled over and deputies had to force him out of his pickup truck, which slammed into a MCSO cruiser because it was still in gear.
Deputies say Mendez-Perez smelled of alcohol and he was arrested for DUI. Nine empty cans of Bud Light were in his truck, along with two full cans.
Mendez-Perez is an illegal immigrant and didn’t have a driver’s license.
An illegal immigrant living in Brownwood is in custody in the Brown County Jail for allegedly fondling a girl younger than 14, according to Brownwood police.
Felipe Lopez, 26, was charged early Tuesday with one count each of indecency with child by sexual contact, burglary of habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense, and evading arrest.
Bonds totaling $110,000 were set, but Lopez won’t be released because he is an illegal immigrant.
The alleged indecency incident happened Monday, police reported.
According to police, the girl’s mother confronted Lopez Tuesday at his residence. Lt. Tracy Delgado said police were called to a disturbance there because an argument ensued.
When officers arrived, Lopez ducked out the back door and evaded police for three hours before being caught several blocks away, Delgado said.