PCSO Deputies Arrest Driver and Passenger after Pursuit

PCSO Deputies Arrest Driver and Passenger after Pursuit
PCSO Deputies Arrest Driver and Passenger after Pursuit

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 8:08 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy was checking on a suspicious vehicle in the farm area behind Johnson Utilities, San Tan Valley. The deputy located the suspicious vehicle parked next to a utility pole.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, the vehicles engine started and the vehicle sped off westbound into the desert. The deputy turned on his emergency red and blue lights along with his vehicles siren but the vehicle fled. A pursuit was initiated and during the pursuit, the passenger car was speeding, failing to yield to other traffic, was tailgating and passing other vehicles unsafely.

Deputies were able to deploy Stop Sticks which the driver drove over causing one of his tires to deflate. The driver still accelerated to 85 mph on Hunt Highway until his vehicle began to spark as the flattened tire had disintegrated. The suspect vehicle finally came to a stop at Ellsworth and Empire Road and a high risk stop was initiated.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "The male driver and female passenger began to argue with each other inside of the vehicle. The driver was extremely uncooperative and had to be pepper sprayed and a Taser was deployed as he physically fought with the arresting deputies. The female was taken into custody with out further incident."

The driver was identified as Chaz Campbell age 32 of San Tan Valley. The female passenger was identified as Melissa Durant age 27 of Gilbert.

Sheriff Babeu continued, "Melissa told deputies Chaz was driving 'crazy.' Melissa was found to be in possession of two fraudulent Arizona Identification Cards. While speaking with Melissa, she kept dosing off to sleep. She was booked into the Pinal County Sheriff's Jail for two counts of Forgery. Melissa told deputies, she has no 'logical way to explain the false identification cards.'"

Deputies suspected Chaz was impaired by alcohol and a blood sample was collected. Chaz told deputies that Melissa was his friend and they were taking a "nap" in the desert area. Chaz told deputies that his drivers license was suspended and he had a warrant out of Mesa. He told deputies he didn't know why he fled from them but once he started to flee he, "Couldn't stop."

Chaz Campbell was booked into the PInal County Sheriff's Jail for Resisting Arrest, Trespassing, Unlawful Flight, Driving on a Suspected License and he is facing additional charges of Aggravated DUI once the blood sample is tested.