GILBERT, AZ - A Tempe police officer was taken into custody overnight after getting involved in a standoff with authorities on a Valley freeway, said Gilbert police.
Jesse Sanger, spokesperson for the Gilbert Police Department said 30-year-old Garrett Peterson, a Tempe police officer, faces multiple charges after leading police on a brief high-speed chase, flashing a pistol and then refusing to come out of his vehicle.
The incident started Friday evening while police were responding to the home of Peterson's ex-wife investigating multiple phone and text messages allegedly sent by Peterson.
Gilbert police said Peterson drove by his ex-wife's house while authorities were investigating the threats, said Sanger. The officer was eventually stopped by DPS on the on-ramp to the westbound Loop 202 at Alma School Road, he said.
Authorities said Peterson then displayed a pistol and refused to exit his vehicle. A female passenger who was in the vehicle with him, however, left the vehicle.
SWAT teams negotiated with Peterson for about 45 minutes when he dropped the weapon out of the vehicle's window and surrendered to authorities, said Sanger.
Peterson was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail and charged with felony endangerment, threatening and intimidating, DUI, felony flight and reckless driving.