On Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 3:37 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver of a motorcycle which was traveling southbound on South Chuichu Road, outside the city limits of Casa Grande. The motorcycle was being driven by a white male driver with short hair. He had a female passenger who was wearing a pink dress. The motorcycle was traveling at 80 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone on South Chuichu Road at the Interstate 8 overpass. When the deputy activated his emergency red and blue lights, the motorcycle accelerated from the deputy at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Themotorcycle weaved in and out of traffic and was able to evade the deputy who lost sight of it.
A deputy responding to assist in looking for the motorcycle located a female wearing a pink dress, and who was walking in the immediate area of the pursuit. The female was identified as Laura Stricker (age 26 of Arizona City
). Laura confirmed she was the female passenger on the fleeing motorcycle and said she only knew the driver as “Rachet”, who was giving her a ride. She reported “Rachet”
dropped her off and continued to flee the area. After questioning Laura, she was released.
After further investigation, the driver was identified as Raymond Joseph Higgs (age 29 of Arizona City
). On Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Higgs was located at his residence in the 10000 block of Santa Cruz Boulevard, Arizona City. He was working on a motorcycle, a 2002 Honda VFR800
, that appeared to have been freshly painted. During the investigation, Higgs admitted to being the driver of the motorcycle that fled from the deputy on May 28th. He admitted the motorcycle he was working on was the motorcycle he used to flee from the deputy and admitted to painting the motorcycle a different color. Higgs said he fled from the deputy because “the motorcycle is not registered and it does not have insurance
.” He feared the motorcycle would be towed if he stopped for the deputy.
Higgs was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail for one count of Unlawful Flight.
Higgs motorcycle was towed and taken as evidence.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Raymond Higgs fled from a deputy to avoid a civil traffic citation. While doing so; he put his passenger, the deputy, and the public at risk. Raymond will have plenty of time to think about the choice he made to turn his civil traffic citation into a felony charge. Now instead of just receiving a civil traffic citation and having his motorcycle towed, he is facing a serious felony offense. If you run from law enforcement, it is only a matter of time till you’re caught