AZ DPS: Officials release name of man who led troopers on pursuit, foot chase in Phoenix

Posted at 7:14 PM, Feb 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-12 10:40:55-05

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is releasing the name of a suspect who allegedly led troopers on a pursuit and foot chase along Interstate 17.

According to a DPS spokesperson, troopers were notified on Friday, Feb. 10, about a car accident on Interstate 17 south of New River. Shortly after it was discovered that a second single-car crash occurred on the right side of the highway, just north of the initial collision. 

A trooper responded to the second accident and spotted 29-year-old David M. Milligan running southbound on the highway. Authorities asked the man to clear the roadway, but he continued to run toward the first crash scene, officials said.

Milligan is accused of then getting into a white SUV and driving away, leading troopers on a brief pursuit south on I-17 that ended near Greenway Road.

It appears that the man stopped the car on I-17, grabbed a German Shepherd from the SUV and threw it over a highway median before jumping over himself. From there, he and the pup ran toward Greenway Road where troops were able to arrest him.

Authorities say the dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and will eventually be turned over to the humane society once he or she recovers.

While authorities were attempting to place him in custody Milligan allegedly attacked an officer who suffered minor injuries, DPS said.

He faces multiple charges in connection with the incident, including aggravated assault, aggravated DUI, unlawful flight from law enforcement and theft of means of transportation.