YCSO: DUI driver arrested after pursuit, put 6-year-old child at risk

COTTONWOOD, AZ - A Cottonwood man is facing multiple charges after leading deputies on a pursuit Thursday night.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office's spokesman Dwight Develyn said at around 8:15 p.m., a YCSO deputy noticed a truck swerving and speeding on Highway 260 at Western Drive.

When the deputy turned on his lights, the suspect, 30-year-old Joseph Allen, drove off.

Develyn said when the deputy initiated a pursuit, the truck continued to weave in and out of traffic.

The deputy was forced to end the pursuit when Allen's erratic driving started to endanger other drivers on the road.

Deputies, with the help of tribal police, eventually found the suspect and his truck on the Yavapai Apache Reservation.

A 17-year-old passenger in the truck told deputies Allen had been drinking and panicked when he saw the police lights.

Allen admitted to the teen he had been drinking "a lot" and wanted the teen to take his place in the driver's seat. The teen said he refused. Deputies also found a 6-year-old seated in the front of the truck without a child safety seat.

The deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol on Allen's breath and body.

Develyn said the deputy confirmed Allen's license was revoked based on prior DUI convictions.

Inside the truck, deputies say they found two freshly empty beer cans along with two liquor bottles.

Deputies eventually located surveillance video from a Cottonwood store showing Allen entering the truck earlier that evening and driving away while striking a curb as he exited the parking area.

Allen was arrested for aggravated DUI, DUI on revoked license, flee pursuing a law enforcement vehicle, reckless driving, criminal damage, and endangerment charges.

He remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.

 

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