A Graham County Deputy, parked and facing Southbound on 8th Avenue,
across the Gila River, at around 12:30am, last Friday morning, observed a Ford Mustang coming his way at approximately 90-MPH.
The Mustang passed where the Deputy was parked. The Deputy turned around, turned on his emergency lights.
The Mustang headed up toward the Safford Airport at the same speed and turned passed a slower vehicle with a double-yellow line on Airport Road.
The Mustang turned North into Calle Mesa Verde, East to Calle Paloma, and then North to Calle Montecito. The Mustang then turned into a drive way
on Calle Montecito.
The Deputy jumped out of his patrol vehicle, pulled his service pistol, and told the driver of the Mustang to show his hands and get out of the vehicle.
The Deputy then had the driver get down on the ground and he was handcuffed.
Two other Deputies arrived at the scene and the Deputy began to question the driver of the Mustang.
It appeared that the Deputies could smell an odor of an Alcoholic Beverage from the driver's breath.
He was given a sobriety test and allegedly failed.
The driver was taken to the Thatcher Police Station for a blood draw.
The driver was then booked into the Graham County Jail for Felony Flight, and his blood was sent to the DPS lab for examination on the DUI charge.