Driver in high-speed chase identified as suspect in Marana hit-and-run

Driver in high-speed chase identified as suspect in Marana hit-and-run
The crash shut down westbound I-10 on March 24. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The crash shut down westbound I-10 on March 24. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Police said they believe Joshua Monigold was headed south toward Tucson. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Police said they believe Joshua Monigold was headed south toward Tucson. (Source: CBS 5 News)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The man wanted for a hit-and-run crash in Marana last weekend was arrested Thursday, March 24, after a high-speed police chase ended in a rollover crash on Interstate 10 south of Chandler.

Sgt. Chris Warren, spokesman for the Marana Police Department, told KOLD News 13 the driver of the vehicle was 31-year-old Joshua Michael Monigold.

MOBILE USERS: The KOLD News 13 mugshots of the month are available HERE. Photos from the crash are available HERE.

Police said Monigold was allegedly driving a late-model red Dodge Ram truck that slammed into a silver Honda Sedan on Saturday, March 19. The incident happened around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Tangerine Road and Twin Peaks.

The driver of the Honda, a woman in her 60s, was rushed to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

On Thursday, MPD released a description of Monigold and said he may be driving a stolen white 2008 Dodge Ram pickup with chrome trim and a sunroof.

According to reports from the Phoenix Police Department, Monigold tried to steal a motorcycle Thursday afternoon. The motorcyclist was able to fight off Monigold, who fled in the pickup when authorities arrived on the scene.

A police officer fired three shots at Monigold but missed.

Police from numerous agencies were involved in the chase. The pursuit continued at high speeds through city streets and on I-10 until it ended with a crash on Interstate 10 near Sun Lakes, which is about 30 minutes south of Phoenix. Police said they believe Monigold was headed south toward Tucson.

A police officer used the PIT maneuver to stop Monigold. The truck rolled and Monigold was ejected, but he survived.

He faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a collision with injuries.

"He was not real cooperative," Det. Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department said. "He did have plenty of fight left in him at that point to argue and put up a little bit of a resistance to the officers as well. Obviously having been thrown from the vehicle he did not have a ton of fight, so we were clearly able to restrain him without too many problems."

Berry said Monigold had "suicide by cop" tendencies.

According to KPHO, Monigold has served five different prison stints, dating to 2003 for drugs, burglaries and weapons offenses.

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