Phoenix

Stolen van crashes during Valley police pursuit

The van was stolen Monday afternoon out of Tempe earlier than it crashed close to Interstate 17 and Thunderbird Road.

TEMPE, Ariz. — A van stolen out of Tempe flipped during a chase alongside I-17 Monday afternoon with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  

Tempe police mentioned the van was taken at about 1 p.m. close to third Street and Mill Avenue by a male suspect. 

DPS troopers noticed the stolen automobile on I-17 in north Phoenix and proceeded to pursue the van, Tempe police mentioned. 

Video footage recorded by the Arizona Department of Transportation exhibits the white van being chased alongside the Thunderbird Road on-ramp earlier than flipping on its aspect. 

Tempe police mentioned the suspect was taken into custody shortly after the van crashed. DPS reported the incident as a “non-injury collision.” 

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Deaths on Arizona roads 

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation exhibits that roadway fatalities have been steadily rising in Arizona over the past decade: 

  • 2011: 825 deaths  
  • 2012: 821 deaths 
  • 2013: 844 deaths 
  • 2014: 774 deaths 
  • 2015: 895 deaths 
  • 2016: 952 deaths 
  • 2017: 1,000 deaths 
  • 2018: 1,010 deaths 
  • 2019: 982 deaths 
  • 2020: 1,057 deaths

ADOT affords driving suggestions on its web site to assist maintain folks secure on the highway. 

“There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety,” the division mentioned on its web site. 

ADOT’s options embody: 

  • Don’t pace or drive aggressively 
  • Never drive whereas below the affect of drugs 
  • Avoid distractions whereas driving 
  • Wear your seatbelt and ensure all passengers are doing the identical 
  • When an emergency automobile is on the aspect of the highway, transfer over 
  • Stay further conscious in work zones 
  • Be ready for climate circumstances that make driving harmful

Find more tips on the department’s Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT’s website here. 

“Real-time freeway circumstances can be found on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information website at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and thru ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT,” the division mentioned.

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