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NOW: Department of Public Safety searching for escaped felon near Camp Verde

Posted: 8:04 PM, Mar 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-16 11:37:36-04

Troopers with the Department of Public Safety are searching for an escaped felon near Camp Verde.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, DPS took to Twitter to warn people in the area to avoid hitchhikers. 

According to a police spokesperson, the suspect fled from troopers after a crash on I-17 between SR 196 and Cherry Road. 

Earlier in the evening, a trooper was working speed enforcement at milepost 268 when a white Toyota passed him at 115 miles per hour.

The trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the suspect continued to evade him, a DPS spokesperson said. At milepost 278 on I-17, the speeding car failed to negotiate a curve and went off the Interstate and rolled the car multiple times. 

The driver fled the area on foot, officials said. However, a passenger in the car was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities are urging drivers to avoid picking up hitchhikers as a precaution.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have come together to search for the missing suspect.

No additional information has been released and an investigation is ongoing.