Bizarre ending to east Valley pursuit

MESA, AZ - Police took two people into custody after leading officers on a chase through the east Valley Tuesday morning.

Watch the arrest in the video player to the left

Air15 video showed nearly a dozen law enforcement vehicles surrounding a silver van stopped on Mesa Drive, south of McKellips Road.

At around 11:15 a.m. a female driver and male passenger came out of the vehicle.

The driver walked toward officers, pulled her hair back and fell backward to the ground where she was handcuffed. It appeared police used a stun gun on her.

ABC15's Tim Vetscher said a neighbor showed him video of officials using a stun gun on the passenger. The man was later seen handcuffed and sitting on the street curb.

"It was unreal," said neighbor Kelly Rogers.  "It was just like those videos you see on TV and here I am shooting one."

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said the pursuit began when officers tried to stop a suspected impaired driver. At one point the vehicle drove south on State Route 87 and onto the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, Graves said.

"Definitely glad it was resolved peacefully," said Rogers.

DPS spokesman Robert Bailey said the driver, Melanie Denise Vest, 32, faces two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer after she allegedly swerved to attempt to run over a DPS officer trying to lay down stop sticks and later a Mesa police officer doing the same. She will also be booked into jail on charges of felony flight and aggravated DUI. Bailey said her license is currently under suspension.

The passenger, identified as 29-year-old Eric Johnson Vest, will be booked into jail by Mesa police on an arrest warrant stemming from a shoplifting charge, Bailey said.

Bailey said both are from the Salt River Indian Community.

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