PINAL COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says suspects in a high-speed chase ditched marijuana bales on Interstate 10, and it was all caught on dashcam video.
According to a PCSO Facebook post, the pursuit began just before noon Wednesday when deputies on Interstate 8 near Trekell Road in Casa Grande spotted a white SUV speeding. Deputies tried to catch up with the vehicle, but it took off onto I-10 going westbound. When deputies caught up with it, they say, the occupants started throwing out bales of marijuana.
to watch the video posted by PCSO.
Deputies used spike strips to flatten the tires, and investigators say Mario Perez-Paz, 43, of Mexico, and Juan Aguilar-Zavala, 21, got out and ran from deputies but were later taken into custody. During their interviews, the men allegedly claimed they were offered $1,000 by a woman in Phoenix to drive the vehicle to I-8 to pick up unknown packages.
Deputies and Department of Public Safety officers were not able to recover all of the bales thrown from the vehicle because of traffic conditions, and they say some drivers stopped to pick them up.
PCSO says there was also a second pursuit that began around 5:30 a.m. when deputies tried to pull over a white pickup truck traveling eastbound on I-8 near Standfield for traffic violations. The truck sped off, left the interstate, and according to deputies, the driver tried to jump an irrigation canal. Deputies say 10 people ran from the truck. Nine of them were taken into custody and handed over to border patrol agents.