Tempe Cop Arrested After High-Speed Chase, Posts Bond, Then Leads Cops on Another Chase

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A Tempe police officer was arrested this weekend after allegedly driving drunk at more than 120 mph in a bid to outrun on-duty officers.

Then, authorities say, Tempe Police Officer Garrett Peterson posted $10,000 bond and led law enforcement on another high-speed chase, this time near Yuma.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Peterson's ex-wife called Gilbert police Friday night claiming that Peterson sent text messages to her new husband saying he was coming over with "guns blazing" to kill him.

Peterson also called the new husband -- in a call the new husband recorded -- and said he was "going to kill you and your whole fucking family," documents state.

The reporting officer writes that Peterson's "speech was slurred, thoughts disjointed, and he was yelling."

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An officer beat Peterson to the ex-wife's house and tried to pull over Peterson when he showed up around 11:30 p.m. According to the documents, Peterson tried to run, at one point heading onto the Loop 202, reaching speeds "in excess of 120 mph."

Peterson, who had an unidentified female passenger in the car this entire time, was eventually stopped, and he pulled out a weapon, creating a barricade situation. The female passenger was able to get out of the car unhurt, and Peterson finally surrendered around 12:45 a.m. According to court documents, his blood-alcohol level was 0.25, which is more than three times the legal limit.

By Saturday afternoon, a judge had set Peterson's bond at $10,000, and the bond conditions included Peterson being on house arrest.

Tempe Police Sergeant Michael Pooley says Tempe officers were able to contact Peterson by phone yesterday to start an internal investigation, and Peterson resigned during that. Peterson had been a patrol officer since May 2007.

Also yesterday, Pooley says in an e-mail, Peterson "was involved in another criminal investigation being investigated by the Gilbert Police Department which led to an 'Attempt to Locate' to statewide agencies, including Border Patrol and DPS."

Border Patrol agents had located Peterson's car, and when agents tried to pull him over, Peterson didn't stop for them either. Pooley says Peterson was arrested again after leading Border Patrol and DPS on a chase on Interstate 8 near Yuma.

Since Peterson's already out on bond, he won't be given the opportunity to post bond again.

Before yesterday, Peterson already was facing seven charges, including two felonies.

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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Just a couple thoughts.

I have to wonder how the 120+ miles per hour was determined? I will guess it was simply a guess by an officer at some point. I don't know what vehicle the guy was driving but there aren't many production vehicles these days that will actually go much over 100 mph, if that.

Also, the story photo apparently is used to suggest a speeding vehicle. The vehicle appears to be in Park position and the tachometer seems to show the engine at idle, around 800 rpm... with time lapse showing it revved to about 3500 rpm, but still in Park. It's hard to be speeding when the vehicle is still in Park. In some cases the driver may need to speed up to stop.

It used to be said that three things will cost a cop his career, "Booze, women, and/or guns". In this case it appears the former cop got all three in the same incident.

I'm glad the lady in the car in the first incident wasn't injured, whomever she is. It certainly appears this guy has a death wish.

If he thinks he was having a bad life before this he certainly is going to experience life in a different galaxy now.

squash
squash

Goddammit, I was beaten to the punch on both of my previous comments..... though it is reassuring to know that others agree with and/or hold the same view(s) as I do. Great minds think alike, I guess...

squash
squash

"Since Peterson's already out on bond, he won't be given the opportunity to post bond again" <------- Lol, I probably should have read that part before commenting. Still pathetic that they gave him a $10,000 bond for the first chase. Had it been anyone else, police probably would have opened fire on the car once a gun was flashed.

squash
squash

His bond was set at $10,000?!!! Proof once again that police officers receive better treatment than their civilian counterparts when it comes to breaking the law. Does anyone believe for a second that the regular citizenry would be afforded such a low bond amount if they got in two high speed chases, created a barricade situation with a gun, and held a potential hostage?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

it probably took 2 to 2 1/2 days for him to be booked, processed, see the judge, get bail set, make bail and get released.................that didnt leave much time for him to get impaired again and get out on the road again..............the guy isnt a flight risk, he's a ticking time bomb. i am just curious as to where all his family and friends were? after the first episode, you would have thought someone would have checked up on him

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Tempe PD gots some fucking problems ,this boy could be in VANISHING POINT "....

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

~ psst … driving drunk at 120+ and trying to evade police is well within 'felony' territory — so, all these charges (including two felonies) and he made bail, why again!?! … ohhh, he's a 'cop' :| #asonehandwashestheother

Bubba
Bubba

DPS should hire him as a spokesperson in Tucson.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the second incident involved another high speed pursuit and ended in a head on collision, the other news agencies are touting it as his second high speed chase in 3 days. hopefully he wont be allowed out to make it #3 in a week (there was nothing in the article about how the other driver is doing, but they did say that impairment was involved in Petersons second chase and subsequent crash also)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

If this guy ever gets out of jail, I'm sure MCSO would gladly hire him as a DO.


I can't understand why his bail was so low after what happened over the weekend...

logicman
logicman

@TommyCollins plenty of production cars are limited well above 100 even the V6 Camaro can do 120

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@squash the second one wasnt in Maricopa and they set the bond at a $1,000,000   (thank god)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy I saw tonight on the news that he's back in jail, but this time with a $1m bail.  He got busted the same day he bailed out last time! 

Bnbk
Bnbk

@WhoKnows If MCSO doesn't hire him there's always the Border Patrol.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@WhoKnows Oh you know why.. 


There are 3 legal systems in this country:


1. The one for those with money

2. The one for those that are in Law Enforcement

3. The one for the rest of us serfs


TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @TommyCollins Interesting. My 2003 BMW K1200LT is governed at 122. I wasn't aware production cars these days are capable of speeds much over 100, if that.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows i saw that too, what did he do, start drinking in the police parking lot?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows my time estimate didnt include him having to get his car out of impound either, so either someone brought the booze with them to get him or he was slamming drinks hard and fast once he got wheels under him again

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker 

Front line is a great show.

Anyone that trust the justice system is a fool. More and more it's the cops, prosecutors and judges that belong in jail.


They lie, they fabricate evidence, the prosecutors allow it to happen and the judges look the other way.


Justice is nothing more than an empty word.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@WhoKnows @Flyer9753 @Cozz 


I know, I could not believe it when I saw that. What a crock of shit.


Although having lived in Texas, it actually didn't surprise me much and that's not a good thing.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @Cozz @WhoKnows True.  Look at that crazy Judge in Texas and the "Affluenzia" defense for the rich snot that killed 4 people while driving at over 3 times the legal limit...

Jukes
Jukes

@danzigsdaddy@Flyer9753In the first incident, they knew they were pursuing a fellow officer.  If he was in the same car they probably did in the Yuma arrest, too.  But, yes, they would have happily shot you or me. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753 just in case someone actually scrapes together the $1,000,000.................i hope you are right and i am wrong

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @Flyer9753 


Possible but personally I think he's just a cop who thinks he is above the law and has let the badge and gun go to his head.


Like so many of them in AZ

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753 after waving a gun at cops, not only am i surprised he got bond............i am amazed he is alive. with the gun waving and the head on collision its almost as if he is trying to take himself out, that in itself should have him locked up for everyones protection as well as his own. if for some ungodly reason someone is stupid enough to post this yahoo's bail............i expect the third time he might be sucsessful in eradicating himself and will unfortunately probably take someone else with him when he does


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @Flyer9753 


Oh I agree that he should have been denied bail/bond since it was a second offense in such a short time period and since as an LEO he should have known better from the get go. 


IMHO his actions, especially the second one, are a direct fuck you to the populace and to every hard working, law respecting LEO out there.


I'm not sure in AZ as to the bond forfeiture.


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753 i dont think he should have been bondable at all after his second run on the third day (i guess a million dollars is almost unbondable though)  dont you lose the bond money in cases like this? 

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