Previously deported man from Mexico arrested again for wrong-way police chase

FLORENCE, AZ - A man previously deported from the United States was arrested last weekend after a vehicle chase that ended with his car bursting into flames.

Juan Lopez-Medina, 42, was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Casa Grande when deputies tried to pull him over Sunday morning.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Lopez-Medina refused to pull over and instead continued driving down the interstate, switching from the eastbound to the westbound lanes and then back into eastbound before his front tires deflated due to a tire deflation device set out by police officers.

Lopez-Medina then continued to drive with deflated tires and eventually exited the eastbound Casa Blanca ramp on Interstate 10 and stopped in the yard of a home near the Gila River Reservation.

Lopez-Medina fled the vehicle, which became engulfed in flames, and broke into a home where deputies found him hiding in a bathroom.

Lopez-Medina refused to respond to commands and was eventually taken into custody by a Pinal County Sheriff's canine.

He provided authorities with a false name and was processed for driving under the influence of a drug. He was then transported to United States Border Patrol where he was positively identified. Lopez-Medina is from Mexico.

Lopez-Medina reportedly told a deputy that he was fleeing from cartel members and claimed he did not realize the red and blue lights pursuing him were law enforcement officers.


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