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Prescott Valley Police Chief nabs DUI/shoplifting suspect

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell was traveling south on Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley Monday evening, June 27, when he heard an attempt-to-locate (ATL) for a disorderly female subject in a pick-up truck with no rear license plate. Police officers had received a report at 7:49 p.m. that day that a disorderly female suspect had shoplifted several items of alcohol at a convenience store near the 8200 block of Highway 69 before fleeing the scene. They issued an ATL for the suspect vehicle.

Jarrell, having attended a Neighborhood Watch meeting in the Pronghorn Estates, observed a white Dodge pickup truck matching the description traveling west on Long Look Drive toward Glassford Hill Road.

He followed, and at the red light at Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive, he saw the female driver, Mary Murphy, 27, from Lake Havasu City, and the male passenger exit the truck and try to attach a license plate to the rear of the vehicle. When the light turned green, the subjects re-entered the vehicle and continued to travel south on Glassford Hill Road and onto Sun Dog Boulevard.

Jarrell initiated a traffic stop at this point as additional officers arrived to assist with the investigation. The suspect admitted to shoplifting from the convenience store and officers recovered the stolen items from her vehicle.

Investigators found Murphy allegedly under the influence of alcohol, arrested her for driving under the influence (DUI), and booked her into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of DUI and shoplifting. Officers released the passenger at the scene with no pending charges.

“Impaired driving is a community problem,” Jarrell said. “Traffic safety, as well as all criminal behavior, is something everyone in this agency takes seriously.”

Prescott Valley Police would like to remind everyone who drinks intoxicating beverages to have a designated driver. Be responsible and

enjoy the Fourth of July celebrations.

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