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DPS troopers stop pickup on I-17 near Cordes Junction, arrest two

Posted at 5:35 PM, Nov 20, 2018

Officials have identified the men state troopers arrested on the Interstate-17 Tuesday evening.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, troopers were notified of a stolen Chevrolet pickup traveling north on I-17 near Dixileta around 4:30 p.m. after Phoenix police officers tried to get it to pull over near I-17 and SR-74.

The Phoenix police helicopter and a trooper in an unmarked vehicle followed the pickup, driven by 21-year-old Luis Calderon, as it headed north.

The vehicle evaded one attempt to take out its tires with a spike strip, but troopers were successful on a second attempt near Cordes Junction.

The vehicle came to a stop after losing a tire about 5 miles north of Cordes Junction. Calderon exited the vehicle and backed up toward troopers and was taken into custody.

The passenger, 24-year-old Jesus Jose Ortiz, exited the pickup and began dancing on the roof before he went back inside and locked himself in.

Troopers approached the vehicle and were able to take Ortiz into custody.

Calderon was arrested on theft of means of transportation, fleeing from law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal damage, endangerment, driving under the influence, and reckless driving charges.

Ortiz was arrested on theft of means of transportation, fleeing from law enforcement, aggravated assault, and failure to comply with police officer charges.

A DPS spokesperson said the incident was part of an ongoing criminal investigation, but provided no further details.