DPS pursue car at slow speed on crowded Phoenix freeway

Posted at 8:03 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 18:01:03-04

Arizona state troopers pursued a car at slow speed on a crowded Phoenix freeway before ending the chase by boxing in the car and stopping it on the side of the highway. 

The pursuit, which ended on eastbound Interstate 10 in west Phoenix during the Tuesday morning commute, first started at 7:17 a.m. with a wrong way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes on I-10 at Dysart Road. 

DPS troopers arrived at the scene and found the black Chevy car stopped at the off-ramp at Dysart. The vehicle fled from troopers traveling eastbound. Before being stopped on the right shoulder of the freeway, the car was trailed by numerous police cars as it drove on the extreme left side of the freeway. Traffic lanes to the right were jammed with other commuters.

Road spikes were laid out near 59th Avenue on I-10 which the vehicle ran over. The spikes were successful around 51st Avenue and the vehicle came to a stop near the 43rd Avenue ramp. 

Police cars swarmed the car, which was smoking, after it stopped and a female driver was taken into custody. It's not clear why the woman fled from officials. 

In radio traffic, a woman was speaking with 911 telling dispatchers she felt unsafe pulling over as she thought she was gong to be injured and refused to stop her vehicle.