Unsafe driving can almost guarantee an Arizona car accident. Which is the exact reason why Gilbert police had to use their patrol car to stop a man for dangerous driving earlier this week (AZ Central 04/11/2011).
According to police, a vehicle was spotted at around 1 a.m. travelling erratically on Guadalupe Road and also reportedly crossed into opposite lanes on Copper road and ran a red light. One of the officers had to use a PIT maneuver by pushing his car into the suspect to stop him at Cooper and Warner roads to stop the car.
The suspect was identified to be a 26-year-old man from Bapchule whom ignored orders to exit his vehicle thus had to be removed by officers after the chase.
He will be facing charges on suspicion of failure to obey a police officer, unlawful flight and aggravated DUI.
The patrol car suffered minor damage from the PIT maneuver.
It is a relief that the suspect was apprehended before he could have caused a fatal Arizona traffic accident. In a span of 5 years (from 2005 to 2009), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that around 32 percent of fatalities in car crashes involved a driver that exceeded the legal limit of alcohol. This makes alcohol impairment one of the major factors that lead to fatal crashes in the U.S.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of an impaired driver in the Arizona area and would like to seek compensation for a personal injury incurred, call us for a free consultation at (480) 753-4534.