Pinal County deputy uses SUV to stop wrong-way driver

Posted at 3:23 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 19:49:22-05

A Pinal County deputy is credited with helping to end a pursuit after she used her patrol vehicle to stop a wrong-way driver Friday morning.

According to PCSO officials, a deputy attempted to stop Robert Loudon for criminal speeding around 9 a.m. near Ironwood and Westbrooke. Loudon reportedly refused to stop, prompting a pursuit.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said another deputy in the area stationed her vehicle in front of an intersection to block Loudon from speeding through a red light.

As Loudon traveled southbound on Gantzel Road and approached the intersection, he merged into northbound lanes of traffic, Babeu said. The female deputy then moved her patrol car forward and collided with Loudon's truck.

Loudon was taken into custody and booked for aggravated assault on an officer, unlawful flight, criminal damage, reckless driving, driving while impaired, and criminal speed. 

PCSO said the female deputy suffered minor injuries after her airbag was deployed.