Department of Public Safety: Paul Furnas in custody after chase, crash in Salt River bottom

Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-04 13:27:12-05

Authorities are releasing the name of a man who led a DPS trooper on a pursuit on Valley freeways and surface streets.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson Quentin Mehr, a trooper tried to stop a 50-year-old Paul Furnas of Mesa for aggressive driving just after 2 p.m. Friday.

Furnas allegedly failed to yield and sped away southbound on the Loop 101. The vehicle went onto the Loop 202, where it attempted to strike the trooper's vehicle.

The chase then went onto city streets, DPS said. Video from an ABC15 viewer shows the suspect vehicle, a white pickup truck, driving along the multi-use path along the south side of Tempe Town Lake.

Troopers terminated the pursuit. A short time late, the abandoned vehicle was found in the Salt River bottom near McKellips Road and the Loop 202.

Authorities set up a perimeter to find the suspect  who was later taken into custody without incident. He was booked on flight and endangerment charges.