- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A Mesa military veteran whose motorcycle was damaged by a suspect fleeing authorities will soon have new wheels.

Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Jenkins is expected to get a new motorcycle this week from manufacturer Kawasaki.

Authorities say 31-year-old Joshua Michael Monigold was wanted on suspicion of leaving the scene of a Tucson-area collision March 19.

Monigold was being pursued by police Thursday afternoon in Mesa when he got out of his pickup truck and tried to steal Jenkins’ motorcycle.

Jenkins, who served in Afghanistan, says he used his training to defend himself.

Monigold gave up after a brief fight and drove off. He was arrested after crashing on Interstate 10 near Sun Lakes.

Jenkins had created a GoFundMe page to help pay for a new bike.

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