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Driver suspected of DUI, almost hitting ADOT worker before I-10 pursuit toward Casa Grande

Carlos Martinez Baldenegro

A man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and fleeing from a state trooper following a pursuit on Thursday that began on eastbound Interstate 10 near Chandler.

Carlos Martinez Baldenegro, 38, of Tucson, also is suspected of causing several collisions in the Phoenix area and almost hitting an Arizona Department of Transportation worker before the pursuit began, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety press release.

A DPS trooper was making a traffic stop shortly after 7 a.m. on eastbound I-10 near Chandler Boulevard when a black Ford F-150 pickup sped up on the trooper from behind, according to the release.

The F-150 driver, later identified as Baldenegro, passed the trooper and continued east on I-10 at high speed. The trooper followed and tried to stop the F-150.

Spike strips were deployed at milepost 181, deflating both of the pickup’s front tires, but Baldenegro continued east towards Casa Grande. A PIT maneuver successfully stopped the vehicle at milepost 192.

Baldenegro was arrested and booked into a Pinal County jail on suspicion of DUI, felony flight, reckless driving and criminal damage. He also will face possible charges in Maricopa County, according to the release. 

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