DPS: Pursuit ends with car going off cliff in Prescott; suspect arrested

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- A wild police chase that started in the Valley came to an end nearly 70 miles away when a car crashed after going off a cliff in Prescott.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, troopers tried to stop a vehicle on State Route 74, near Interstate 17, at around 9:00 p.m. Monday. The vehicle would not yield, and a chase began on the northbound lanes of I-17 at milepost 225.

Arizona Department of Transportation traffic cameras captured the pursuit, and several troopers were seen on camera in pursuit of the suspect. DPS officials said its helicopter was monitoring the pursuit, and that troopers tried to spike the vehicle, without success.

More than an hour later, DPS says the vehicle went over the side of a cliff in the southbound lanes of State Route 89, landing 500 feet below in a canyon near milepost 303.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office tells FOX 10 the pursuit may have involved a stolen vehicle.

The suspect, since identified by DPS officials as 29-year-old John Felipe Jaimes, bailed out of the car before it went off the cliff and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and booked into jail on multiple charges.