CASA GRANDE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — A driver has been arrested for allegedly fleeing an immigration checkpoint and firing shots at border officers in southern Arizona. This sparked a high-speed pursuit as the suspect sped along Interstate 10 toward Phoenix.
According to AZ Family, two people were later found in the suspect’s trunk.
The incident began around 2:40 p.m. Monday, when a silver 2014 Ford Taurus failed to yield to U.S. Border Patrol agents working the immigration checkpoint 20 miles south of Casa Grande.
The driver then took off from the checkpoint, causing agents to pursue. During the case, someone in the car fired shots at agents, according to Sam Salzwedel with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
A short time later, the chase came to an end on I-10 near State Route 587. The suspect was arrested, and so were two people found inside his trunk. No one was hurt.
Law enforcement officers involved did not discharge their firearms, said Salzwedel.
The Arizona's Family News Chopper was overhead, giving us a birds-eye view of the aftermath of the chase. You could see the suspect car appeared to have suffered some damage.
Multiple agencies were working the incident, including Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Border Patrol and the Gila River Police Department.
The incident caused heavy backups along I-10. Road restrictions were briefly put in place at Casa Blanca Road. Check traffic conditions here.