Troopers with the Department of Public Safety are searching for an escaped felon near Camp Verde.
— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) March 16, 2017
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.