UPDATE: Man arrested after punching Marana police officer in face, fleeing scene

Authorities said Luis Hector Pina drove on Interstate 19 until he ran out of gas

UPDATE: Man arrested after punching Marana police officer in face, fleeing scene
Authorities said Luis Hector Pina, 28, is facing several charges after allegedly punching a Marana police office in the face during a traffic stop. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A southern Arizona man is facing several charges after allegedly punching a police officer in the face and fleeing the scene before running out of gas.

The Marana Police Department said Luis Hector Pina, 28, was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.

Lt. Jeff Pridgett, a spokesman for the MPD, said officers tried to pull Pina over near Ina Road and Thornydale Road around 5:30 p.m.

Pridgett said Pina punched an officer during the stop and fled the scene. He was located again about 30 minutes later while driving down Grant Road in Tucson.

Pina then drove southbound on Interstate 19 until he ran out of gas and was arrested.

The Tucson Police Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety helped in Pina’s apprehension.

Pina was arrested for the outstanding felony warrant, as well as charges of felony assault of an officer and unlawful flight.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Pina was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison in 2017 on a drug charge out of Pima County.

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