Originally Published: July 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking detectives arrested Martin Andrew Zinkl in Ash Fork on Monday on several felony charges including felony flight, aggravated assault on a peace officer, and other crimes related to narcotics.
At 4 p.m., U.S. Marshals deputies and PANT detectives found Zinkl, 62, of Prescott at a friend's home in Ash Fork after he briefly tried to avoid arrest, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.
Zinkl was booked into Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde, and a woman in the home was also arrested on a felony warrant, Morley said.
Around 5:30 p.m. on June 12, Prescott police officers assisting PANT detectives at Willow Creek Road and Highway 89A tried to stop Zinkl's van and trailer driving southbound on Willow Creek Road, Morley said.
PANT detectives were looking for a wanted man who they believed was with Zinkl, and they knew that Zinkl's Arizona driver's license was suspended, Morley said.
Zinkl pulled over in the 3000 block of Willow Creek Road but, as the officer approached the van, Zinkl pulled away.
"Two PANT detectives in an unmarked vehicle attempted to block the exit point with their vehicle; however, Zinkl accelerated and struck the front of the PANT vehicle," Morley said. "The detectives were not injured."
The van continued south on Willow Creek Road, turned onto Heritage Park Road continued through the park, down an embankment, and onto a trail where Zinkl abandoned the van and fled on foot.
Officers seized the van and police K-9 teams searched the area for several hours but couldn't find Zinkl, Morley said.