Police ID wrong way driving suspect after pursuit
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A wrong-way driver is taken into custody when police conduct a pit maneuver in front of the Fox 10 studios in downtown Phoenix.
Gilbert Police have identified the suspect as 37-year-old Tony Gutierrez.
Dozens of officers from Gilbert Police, along with Phoenix Police and troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, were on the scene as police K9's were sent in to take down the suspect after Gutierrez reportedly led them on a chase.
Gilbert Police say it all started at about 3 a.m., when several people called 911 reporting a wrong-way driver in the area of Arizona Avenue and Elliott in Gilbert. The driver would not pull over, police say, and led officers on a thirty-minute-long pursuit. Officers were able to use a pit maneuver to stop the suspect on Adams, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in downtown Phoenix.
They say he did not comply with commands when he got out of the vehicle, and a K-9 was used to help take him into custody due to the potential threat.
Gutierrez suffered some minor injuries after he was bitten by the police dog. He was taken to a nearby hospital for animal bite.
On Sunday, Gilbert Police said that alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. Gutierrez is now facing charges of aggravated assault, felony flight and DUI.