Buckeye police pursuit ends in Avondale crash

Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-27 01:49:04-04

Police said Rajee L. Godwin tried to get away from police on Friday afternoon, but ended up crashing into another vehicle and spilled chemicals on the roadway. 

Buckeye police responded around 1 p.m. for a report of a stolen vehicle in the area of Glen Rosa and Regent streets. The victim gave police a full description of his vehicle and the suspect, who police identified as Godwin who is 23-years-old. 

Officers located the suspect vehicle eastbound on Interstate 10. Law enforcement was able to get the vehicle to stop, but the man ignored verbal commands and drove off, according to a release from Buckeye Police Officer Dan Hoffmeister. 

Police pursued the vehicle, but called the chase off after Godwin began moving erratically and increasing his speed. The officers returned to Buckeye.

A little later, Buckeye police were informed of a crash at Avondale Boulevard and I-10, with a suspect having run into a nearby hotel. Godwin tried to barricade himself in a hotel room but was taken into custody. 

The crash involved a vehicle carrying pool chemicals, causing the roadway and access to I-10 from Avondale to be shut down for several hours.

Buckeye police arrived on the scene and determined one of the vehicles involved in the crash was the one that was stolen.

Godwin was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries from the crash and was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on felony charges, Hoffmeister said.