It all started when Contreras pulled up behind a stopped Pinal County deputy in a H2 Hummer and revved his engine while blocking traffic on the roadway behind him. After several minutes of this Contreras fled the scene in his vehicle with the deputy giving chase. At one point Contreras pulled into a blocked parking lot and deputies thought they had him trapped. But no sooner did they attempt to get him than he fled the scene in his H2 Hummer again.
The pursuit went another five miles down the road with Contreras sometimes reaching speeds in access of 80 mph. Deputies used traffic spikes to flatten two tires on the H2 Hummer but Contreras continued on, driving on the raw rims of his vehicle. Finally, Contreras entered an intersection where he rammed into a pursuing deputies vehicle, bringing his own vehicle to a stop. When he refused to exit his vehicle deputies were forced to use a tazer on him before placing him under arrest.
Not surprisingly, deputies suspect Contreras may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As it is was taken to Pinal County jail and held on $50,000 bond in connection with two counts each of aggravated assault on a police officer with a weapon, criminal damage, felony flight, resisting arrest and endangerment, and one count of reckless driving. Additional charges seem likely.
If you drive a H2 Hummer, or even a Sherman Tank, don’t think you can evade police. They are patient. Eventually you will run out of road, run out of gas or run out of luck. And they you will pay heavily.