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Tucson man in custody after ramming patrol vehicle

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Tucson man in custody after ramming patrol vehicle

CREATED Sep. 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 27, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

CATALINA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A man is in custody, charged with a list of felony offenses after leading deputies on a pursuit that ended after the suspect rammed a patrol vehicle.

Pinal County Sherriff representative Tim Gaffney tells KGUN9 that on September 25, a deputy on patrol along southbound Highway 77 near mile  post 100 noticed a driver behaving erratically.

A H2 Hummer SUV driven by Contreras, 31, of Tucson came to a sudden stop behind the deputy and turned off his lights while blocking southbound traffic. He then revved the SUV's engine and drove forward, causing the deputy to make an evasive move to avoid a collision.

The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Contreras almost caused the deputy to wreck several times by slamming on his brakes to a stop while continuing to drive carelessly by swerving into all lanes of travel.

At mile post 95, Contreras turned into an industrial entrance where a locked gate forced him to stop. Contreras then rammed the deputy's patrol vehicle after putting his vehicle into reverse.  Contreras then fled once again and the pursuit continued on Highway 77.

A second PCSO unit successfully deployed stop sticks along Hwy 77, striking the front and rear passengers side tires on the SUV. Contreras continued south as his tires deflated and came apart down to the rims, causing him to lose speed.  At the intersection of Hwy 77 and Tortolita Street, Contreras again turned aggressively and rammed the deputy's vehicle, causing it to stop.

Units approached the SUV and gave orders to Contreras to exit the vehicle, but he initially refused to comply. A short time later Contreras exited the vehicle but still refused to comply with orders given by deputies. He then attempted to flee back into his vehicle.

With fear that he was going to obtain a weapon or possibly flee once again in the vehicle, one of the deputies deployed his Taser on Contreras. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

Deputies suspect Contreras was possibly impaired by alcohol. A blood sample was obtained and will be submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety for testing.