Man Driving Stolen Car Stopped by DPS -- So He Punched Officer in Face and Stole Patrol Car; Suspect Still Loose

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A man driving a stolen car was stopped by a Department of Public Safety officer this afternoon. Apparently unhappy he was about to go down for stealing a car, he punched the officer in the face and stole the cop's DPS car, too

DPS spokesman Bart Graves tells New Times that earlier this afternoon, an officer with the department's stolen vehicle task force located a stolen vehicle north of Casa Grande near a rest stop along Interstate 10.

The officer pulled over the car and tried to arrest the suspect. He didn't go quietly.


Graves says a scuffle took place as the officer was trying to arrest the man. It ended when the suspect punched the officer in the face, took off in his patrol car, and drove into the desert.

DPS officers responded to the scene of the cop-carjacking and found the cruiser near a canal in the desert about three-quarters-of-a-mile from the highway. The suspect was not with the cop car.

The suspect has not yet been found, but police helicopters and canine units are searching the area.

No description of the suspect has been provided.

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Guest
Guest

DPS SUVs are so much more comfy for transporting illegals. Now this whatever has one. Sand it down, primer it and border patrol won't even suspect anything after you hand them 2 $1,000 bills.

Salvoski
Salvoski

DPS sucks. Bunch of fat retards. Time to retire half of them.

FredB
FredB

The DPS officer who got his ass kicked in the desert between Phoenix and Tucson needs to count his lucky stars he didn't end up like murdered DPS officer Ed Rebel who didn't wait for his back-up before taking action against a car theft and felon. The DPS Auto Theft Task Force officer needs to be given a remedial course in officer safety.

Ed Rebel, 50Residence: TucsonBadge: 233End of Watch: June 28, 1988Officer Rebel, 50, was shot to death while attempting to arrest a suspect driving a stolen car near Marana on Interstate 10.

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

Unfortunately, the lessons our cops, firefighters, soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen all learn are written in the blood of others.

Rob
Rob

Wow...it'll be interesting to see if they can find this one individual when just a few months ago they couldn't find 4 guys with AK's and 80lbs of weed on their backs...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It could be there was no dope or four guys, right Rob? Just saying....

Rob
Rob

Said very tongue in cheek....

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