TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Six people were taken into custody in Marana early Sunday, Sept. 1, after a vehicle ran a checkpoint and went on the run for more than 60 miles.
Arizona DPS said it began around 1 a.m. at a Customs and Border Protection checkpoint on SR-90. The vehicle, a maroon Dodge Challenger, failed to stop and there were reports of shots being fired at federal agents.
A deputy with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spotted the speeding vehicle near SR-90 and Interstate 10. The vehicle was able to get away, but a DPS trooper caught up with the suspects on Interstate 10 near the Houghton Road exit.
Attempts to stop the vehicle failed until a Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputy used stop sticks to disable it near the Cortaro Road exit.
The vehicle crashed and authorities took six into custody.
DPS said Fernando D. Falco, the driver, was arrested. The 19-year-old from Goodyear is facing charges of felony flight and endangerment. A handgun was found inside the vehicle, according to DPS.
One person was found in the trunk of the Challenger while three others were in the backseat. All four were taken into custody by border patrol.
The front seat passenger was released, according to DPS.