James Herbert, 16, of Gold Canyon is in the custody of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office after leading deputies on a high-speed chase July 30 on U.S. Highway 60 near Silly Mountain Road and being found later at a friend’s home, according to a press release.
He will face charges of felony flight and leaving the scene of an accident, according to the sheriff’s office.
Shortly after 3 a.m. July 30, the sheriff’s office received a call from a Gold Canyon woman reporting that her son, Mr. Herbert, was intoxicated and had just taken her blue Chevy Cobalt sedan from her home in the 18000 block of Azul Court without her permission, according to the release.
The mother told deputies she had picked up her son from Wal-Mart after he was caught shoplifting and they had only been home a short time, according to the release.
At 3:14 a.m. a sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle being driven at 96 mph westbound on U.S. 60 near Silly Mountain Road east of Apache Junction, according to the release.
The deputy turned on his red and blue lights along with his vehicle siren and attempted to stop the suspect; however, the suspect driver fled, began to accelerate and exited the highway at Tomahawk, where the driver turned north, according to the release. The suspect vehicle drove through the stop sign at Southern and continued northbound, deputies said. Deputies ended the pursuit because of the reckless manner in which the driver was attempting to flee, according to the release.
The suspect vehicle crashed a short time later north of Superstition Boulevard, according to the release.
The suspect left the vehicle before deputies or officers from the Apache Junction Police Department arrived at the crash scene, according to the release. A perimeter was set up and checked by deputies, K-9s and a helicopter but the suspect was not located.
The sheriff’s office issued an earlier press release to ask the public for help in finding Mr. Herbert, who was described at 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a thin build and light brown hair. The sheriff’s office then issued an update about Mr. Herbert being found.
Anyone with information about this case are asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111.
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