Suspect leads officers on pursuit across valley freeways

A suspect was taken into custody early Friday morning after leading police on a chase across valley freeways.

The pursuit eventually ended just after midnight on I-17 near the I-10 interchange.

The chase began around 11 p.m. On I-17 at Bethany Home Road.

A DPS officer tried to pull over a suspect for having expired tags on the car they were driving, but he refused to stop.

DPS say the driver then hit speeds over 100 miles an hour as they raced through the valley. He allegedly tried to ram police cars and nearly hit other drivers in the process.

Police choppers were called out to track the driver and DPS officers eventually had to use spike strips to stop the driver.

He was taken into custody at 24th Street and I-10.

DPS officials say the suspect did not have a license and they're looking into whether the car was stolen.

"He was driving very recklessly and went wrong way and almost hit several vehicles including several police cars," said Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. Alan Haywood. "At this point, we're just doing an investigation to determine why the driver fled. The driver may not have had a valid license at this point."

The suspect has not been identified; police aren't sure if impairment was a factor.

We're told he will face several charges including charges for nearly ramming officers.

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