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8:53 PM Sat, Oct. 20th

DPS arrests Phoenix man after high-speed chase on I-17

The Arizona Department of Public Safety arrested a 22-year-old Phoenix man Wednesday after a pursuit on Interstate 17 in which the suspect reached speeds of 105 mph and almost struck a DPS vehicle.

DPS began the pursuit at 1 p.m. on the northbound lanes of I-17 south of New River after receiving a report of a reckless driver, later identified as Jeffrey Martin. At the same time, Martin's vehicle almost struck a DPS patrol car parked on the median.

With the aid of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, DPS deployed spike strips, and Martin's vehicle went off I-17 near milepost 232, according to DPS officer Bart Graves.

DPS began negotiations with the driver, who got out of his car and walked around the desert for a while. YCSO deputies arrested him without incident around 2 p.m. near Camp Verde.

Martin faces charges of endangerment, felony flight and driving under the influence of narcotics, Graves reported.

Martin was not injured but underwent treatment at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood.

During the pursuit, DPS shut down 1-17 northbound and rerouted traffic onto Highway 69, Graves reported.