Originally Published: September 25, 2018 3:35 p.m.
After evading police earlier in the day, a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle in Prescott was chased down on foot and arrested in Prescott Valley Saturday evening, Sept. 22.
The man, Christopher Jack Leach, 25, was first contacted by police near Fitzmaurice View Court in Stoneridge shortly after 2 p.m., according to a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) news release. A resident in the area called police to check on a man who appeared to have downed his motorcycle. It was unknown if the rider was injured.
When an officer arrived, he saw a spray-painted, white dirt bike under a tree with a man lying next to it on his back, PVPD reported. The motorcycle didn’t have a license plate on it, so the officer began running the man’s record and asking other authorities about the suspicious motorcycle.
It was determined the motorcycle had been stolen out of Prescott the day before and Leach had a felony warrant for probation violation out of Yavapai County Superior Court with a $25,000 bond. He also had a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear out of Prescott Justice Court.
When officers attempted to arrest Leach, he fled into nearby brush. They tracked him, but lost the trail of his boot prints near the heavily-traveled trails by Fain Park, PVPD reported.
Officers collected a red backpack Leach left behind and impounded it as personal property. In the backpack they found the license plate for the stolen motorcycle, various drug paraphernalia, a variety of burglary tools and a can of white spray paint.
At about 5 p.m., Leach was again spotted by police on Stoneridge Drive and again fled as officers attempted to arrest him. This time officers caught him. Leach had minor injuries from fleeing through the bushes and one officer sustained minor injuries as Leach resisted arrest, PVPD reported.
Leach was transported and booked into the Yavapai County jail and charged with possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary tools, assault/resisting arrest and the outstanding warrants.