On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy observed a Chevrolet Tahoe driving at a high rate of speed westbound on Miller Road. The vehicle was accelerating so rapidly the backend was sliding from side to side. The vehicle never stopped for the stop sign as it turned southbound onto Anderson Road. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated.
The vehicle accelerated to 100 mph and then slowed and turned eastbound onto Highway 84 and continued driving until it reached Montgomery Road where it turned southbound. Another deputy who heard the pursuit set up “spike strips” at Selma Highway. The Tahoe ran over the “spike strips” and continued. When the vehicle reached Interstate-8, its right rear tire and front left tire were deflated.
The vehicle crossed the center median and the two eastbound lanes of traffic and drove through a right away fence. The vehicle continued southbound through a dirt field before stopping.
Once stopped, the driver and passenger side doors opened and two Hispanic males ran from the vehicle in a southeasterly direction.
The driver who was later identified as Jesus Lozano-Vizcarra (age 35 of Mexico) gave up running after he saw the deputy closing in on him. He was taken into custody.
The passenger who was later identified as Gustavo Ramirez-Zavala (age 24 of Mexico) was found by a deputy hiding underneath a Mesquite tree. Two deputies attempted to take him into custody but he resisted. A Taser was used and afterwards Gustavo complied with the arrest.
Jesus admitted to being the driver of the Tahoe. He said that he fled from the deputy because he didn’t want to be deported back to Mexico again. He said that he had been in the United States illegally for a month and a half. He said that he paid his way back into the United States this time by backpacking marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico. He also admitted that in the past he also entered the U.S. illegally by backpacking marijuana.
Gustavo also admitted to being in the United States illegally. He was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
Jesus was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Felony Flight. The Tahoe was seized and our office will request that it be forfeited.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Case after case and time after time we have seen how unsecured our southern border truly is. Those who enter our country illegally from Mexico have already shown they have no regard for our laws. In this case, Jesus Lozano-Vizcarra didn’t care about the safety of any of the other motorist on the roadways. I again ask our Arizona elected officials in Washington D.C. to make securing the border a top priority for the safety and security of our citizens.”