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DPS: Pedestrian struck on US-60 was suspect trying to flee troopers

Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 07:19:54-05

A pedestrian was hit on the US-60 Tuesday afternoon causing westbound lanes to be closed for several hours.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say the person was struck in the roadway east of Kyrene Road.

According to DPS, troopers had responded to a non-injury crash in the area around 4:30 p.m. During their investigation it was learned one of the people involved had a felony warrant and an order of protection placed against him. They also learned the person who filed the order was in the vehicle with him. 

The 21-year-old suspect was placed in handcuffs and moved from one patrol car to another when he reportedly fled on foot from troopers. That's when he was hit by a passing vehicle, according to DPS.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver that hit him also suffered minor injuries.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said after the closure, the backup reached at least four miles long for several hours.