- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A driver was killed in a collision with a wrong-way vehicle driven by a domestic-violence suspect who’d been chased by police through several communities in east-central Arizona before officers ended their pursuit, authorities said Tuesday.

Police officers chased an 18-year-old domestic violence assault suspect before breaking off the pursuit about seven miles from where the crash occurred Monday night on U.S. 60 about 40 miles (72.4 kilometers) east of Phoenix, the state Department of Public Safety said.

Preliminary information from the investigation indicated that the suspect’s westbound vehicle collided with two others in eastbound traffic lanes, Trooper Kameron Lee said. A woman driving a second vehicle was killed, her male passenger was injured and a third driver refused medical treatment, Lee said.

Identities and details of the suspect’s injuries were not released.

The injured suspect faces charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault and criminal damage stemming from the crash, Lee said.

The crash resulted in a 10-hour closure of eastbound U.S. 60 - a major traffic route between the Phoenix area and eastern Arizona’s high country - at the junction with State Route 79.

The incident began when Globe police tried to contact the suspect after his girlfriend reported being assaulted early Monday evening, Lee said. When police found the suspect, he nearly struck officers with his vehicle as he fled, Lee said.

That started a westbound pursuit covering about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) on U.S. 60, with Miami and Superior police joining the pursuit as it reached their respective jurisdictions, Lee said. The officers terminated the pursuit after losing sight of the vehicle on Superior’s west side while about 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) short of the crash site, he said.

Pinal County sheriff’s deputies then found the crash scene.

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