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11:57 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

DUI suspect arrested for hit and run

Prescott Valley Police/Courtesy<br>The blue pickup truck that fled the scene of a hit-and-run collision Sunday evening is seen parked at State Route 89A and Viewpoint Drive.

Prescott Valley Police/Courtesy<br>The blue pickup truck that fled the scene of a hit-and-run collision Sunday evening is seen parked at State Route 89A and Viewpoint Drive.

Two off-duty Prescott police officers helped Prescott Valley police arrest a man charged with felony hit-and-run Sunday evening after a collision at State Route 89A and Viewpoint Drive.

"One of the off-duty Prescott police officers saw the collision and one heard it," said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department. "One officer followed the suspect's truck, while the other called 911 and assisted at the crash scene."

Prescott Valley police learned that a blue 1994 Dodge pickup truck pulling a horse trailer traveling eastbound collided with a green 2006 Honda four-door sedan stopped at the light, Bonney said.

Immediately after the crash, the driver of the truck stopped, unhitched the horse trailer, and fled, Bonney said.

The Prescott officer who followed the truck told responding Prescott Valley officers that the truck sped along Viewpoint Drive at up to 60 miles per hour.

As the driver went about eight miles into the Poquito Valley area, the truck lost parts from heavy front-end damage from the collision, Bonney said.

"The Prescott officer and the Prescott Valley officers were running parallel to the truck to try to cut him off, and they stopped him," Bonney said.

The suspect, later identified as Pete Benjamin Criner, 33, fled into a field, but obeyed the Prescott officer's command to stop, and Prescott Valley officers arrested him, Bonney said.

Officers determined that Criner had a preliminary breath alcohol content of .244, Bonney said.

Investigators said the three people in the sedan and Criner did not report any injuries, but the horses in the trailer had several lacerations and abrasions to their head and legs from the collision, Bonney said.

Prescott Valley officers booked Criner into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of DUI, DUI impaired to the slightest, DUI over .08, aggravated DUI, super extreme DUI over .20, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to stop at an accident, driving on a suspended driver's license, cruelty to animals - abandonment, and cruelty to animals - recklessly causing injury.