Truck driver from I-40 pursuit booked, ID'd

Posted at 11:33 AM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 14:33:41-04

The suspect from a pursuit on Interstate 40 on Sunday has been identified.

Raul De La Rosa Giron, 36, from Texas, was booked into Coconino County Jail on Sunday for three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony flight, resisting arrest and DUI (drugs).

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Giron led police on a 100-mile chase that ended near Ash Fork.

DPS says the troopers were alerted to a tractor trailer driving around 90 miles per hour and passing vehicles on the shoulder Sunday morning near Kingman.

The vehicle crossed into California, only to return heading eastbound on I-40 through Arizona. Troopers and deputies from Mojave and Yavapai counties gave pursuit and were able to stop the vehicle near Ash Fork, about 100 miles east of Kingman.

Giron abandoned the tractor trailer and started running away, he stopped while being chased by DPS troopers and a canine and used his cell phone as a simulated weapon. One trooper fired several shots, but none hit the suspect. The canine was able to apprehend the driver, who was identified as a man in his late 30s.

The situation led to restrictions on I-40 in the area of Ash Fork while authorities completed their investigation. The interstate fully reopened to traffic just before 10 p.m. Sunday.