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10:47 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Driver pursues stolen taxi in his own taxi

PRESCOTT - When one taxi driver's cab was taken on March 28, another driver took off in pursuit and ended up crashing into it before the suspect ran away, a police report said.

Police were dispatched to a call of a stolen taxi in the 100 block of S. Montezuma Street at about 2:50 a.m., and, as they responded, were told another driver was chasing the stolen vehicle and that it had stopped in the 300 block of Goodwin Street.

The driver who stopped the thief told police he saw the suspect drive away and gave chase in his taxi, with the other driver as his passenger, the report said.

He passed the stolen car and cut it off, hitting the right side, the report said, and told an officer that he punched the suspect in the body, but he dodged attempts to punch him in the face.

The suspect ran from the scene, down into Granite Creek, the report said.

The two drivers described the suspect as a black man between 20 and 30 years old with a dark, hooded sweatshirt, white undershirt and blue jeans.

Police were able to obtain fingerprints and a DNA sample from the car, the report said.