UPDATE: Suspect crashes on US-60 after police pursuit

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 15:56:00-05

CHANDLER, AZ — A stabbing suspect led police on a pursuit on US-60 near Gilbert Road, causing six hit and run crashes this weekend.

Chandler police report that Sunday morning James Quanah Ball, 38, came up behind his brother’s fiancé and stabbed her several times in the back. He also allegedly kicked and punched the woman.

Police say Ball punched his father in the face before leaving his home near McClintock Drive and Ray Road.

Court records show that Ball committed four hit and run collisions in Chandler. In one, he allegedly struck a vehicle, backed up and hit it again. He is also believed to be involved in two more hit and run crashes in Mesa.

The Department of Public Safety says troopers attempted to stop the driver going westbound on US-60 but he refused.

In a video captured from ADOT cameras, the driver can be seen turning around, going the wrong way for a short distance, nearly hitting oncoming traffic, and then turn around again to go the correct way of traffic. A short distance later, DPS troopers were able to stop the driver when the vehicle crashed into a wall.

The Chandler Fire Department reported that the woman’s stabbing injuries were not life-threatening.

Ball’s family reported to police that a few weeks ago, they had him committed for psychological evaluation, but he was released within a day to his family.

Ball is being held on a $500,000 cash bond for six counts of hit and run, reckless driving, unlawful flight, and aggravated assault.