Felon Marcus Utimio Turner arrested after pursuit in Casa Grande

CASA GRANDE, AZ - A 31-year-old Casa Grande man is back in custody just five months after completing a prison sentence for manslaughter.

A driver -- later identified as Marcus Utimio Turner -- was seen driving a 2002 Cadillac at a high rate of speed, then veering off onto the shoulder of the road north on North Thornton Road near Cottonwood Lane around 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy turned around and began to follow Turner, who then sped off.

According to PCSO, the chase got up to speeds of 85 mph and Turner began running red lights and weaving in and out of traffic.

The pursuit ended when Turner pulled into a business parking lot on Pinal Avenue in Casa Grande.

Authorities said Turner refused to obey commands, but eventually got out of the car. While he was being taken into custody, Turner reportedly began resisting deputies and was eventually brought down with a stun gun.

After Turner was taken into custody, deputies found 12.6 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale in the car.

Authorities said Turner appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

PCSO said that while on the scene, a family member reported that Turner had been released from prison in February where he served time on a charge of manslaughter.

He was arrested and charged with unlawful flight from law enforcement, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

Turner was also processed for driving under the influence of a drug and further charges are pending the results of those toxicology results.

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