- Associated Press - Thursday, January 25, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a man arrested after a Phoenix-area car chase that ended in a crash (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A 31-year-old man who was arrested after a Phoenix-area car chase culminated in a crash that left a woman injured says he should be released.

A handcuffed Mitchell Timothy Taebel made the comments Thursday afternoon from Maricopa County Jail, where he agreed to be interviewed by media.

Taebel says he was not speeding when Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers initially tried to pull him over but later sped off to “resist an unlawful arrest.”



Defense attorney Brian Russo says he did not know Taebel was going to talk to media and reiterated that his client has mental issues that are well documented.

Taebel of Long Beach, Indiana, and Los Angeles remains jailed on suspicion of endangerment and other crimes after Wednesday’s crash in Tempe.

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11:55 a.m.

Police say a 31-year-old man arrested after a crash ended a Phoenix-area car chase made anti-government statements but his attorney says the statements stem from mental health issues, not political beliefs.

Mitchell Timothy Taebel of Long Beach, Indiana, and Los Angeles remains jailed on suspicion of endangerment and other crimes after being arrested following the crash Wednesday in Tempe.

Police say the chase began when Taebel was speeding and wouldn’t pull over and ended when Taebel’s SUV collided with a vehicle driven by a woman who suffered injuries not life-threatening.

Police say Taebel asserted he could ignore laws infringing on his freedom and that he had authority to kill officers trying to arrest him.

Attorney Brian Russo says Taebel was “previously diagnosed with some mental health issues” that haven’t been addressed.

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