05/08/14 - Five law-enforcement agencies were involved in a pursuit that lasted over a half hour late Wednesday night along Interstate 10 that ended when an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer wrecked the suspects' car, according to a DPS spokesman.
The pursuit began after 11 p.m. near the Wild Horse Pass casino when a DPS car attempted to stop the suspects, said Raul Garcia, a DPS spokesman.
The vehicle fled and officers from Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and the Gila River Indian Community joined in the pursuit, Garcia said.
Officers tried to use spike strips to puncture the car's tires, but the attempt failed, Garcia said. A DPS officer then performed an intervention technique and brought the front of his vehicle in contact with the rear quarter-panel of the fleeing car, spinning it out of control, Garcia said.
The suspect vehicle reportedly rolled onto its side after the maneuver was performed near 40th Street and Pecos Road, and the pursuit ended shortly before 11:40 p.m.
Investigators found 45 pounds of marijuana inside the car, Garcia said,.
Three people were arrested after they were treated at the scene by paramedics, he said.
Amy Goodin, 30, Jorge Burgos, 21 and Juan Burbo-Gonzalez, 55, were arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including marijuana possession and fleeing from law enforcement, Garcia said.