Traffic stop turns into foot pursuit through residential area
Driver jumps out of car while it’s moving, causes crash
The physical fitness of Prescott Valley officers was tested Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, when the driver and passenger of a speeding car attempted to evade police on foot through a residential area.
At about 9:30 a.m., Prescott Valley traffic enforcement officers saw a vehicle clearly speeding on Viewpoint Drive north of Highway 89, according to a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) news release. A man was driving the vehicle and a woman was in the passenger seat. They clocked the speed at over 50 mph in a residential area.
When the officers activated their emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop, the speeding car accelerated and turned in and out of various side streets, PVPD reported.
Then, as the vehicle was still traveling about 20 mph, the driver jumped out of it in the 7100 block of Sablewood Drive and began running southeast through the yards of the homes, according to the release. The car veered and crashed into a parked car, at which time the woman passenger got out and started running east through the streets.
After a brief foot pursuit, the woman was caught and detained. Officers chased the man through the neighborhoods for about fifteen minutes before catching him as well.
The woman, 27-year-old Tia Reid from Chino Valley, was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine, heroin, resisting arrest and three warrants. The man, 29-year-old Colt Rose from Prescott was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, failure to yield to police officers, numerous traffic violations and two warrants.
No weapons were involved in the incident and no officers were injured, PVPD reported.
“The Prescott Valley Police Department encourages citizens to report any traffic violations or suspicious activities to their local law enforcement agencies,” said PVPD spokesperson James Risinger.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at 928-772-9267 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.