By Associated Press - Friday, April 16, 2021

PHOENIX (AP) - Part of a Phoenix freeway was closed for about four hours Friday after a man driving a speeding car shot at a police motorcycle officer during an attempted traffic stop and then was involved in a three-vehicle collision off the freeway while trying to get away, police said.

The incident resulted in a closure of a four-mile (six-kilometer) stretch of southbound Interstate 17 between Deer Valley and Greenway roads as police investigated the incident.

The officer wasn’t injured and the suspect was to be arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after treatment at a hospital for collision injuries that weren’t life-threatening, a Police Department statement said.

According to police, three people in a large rental truck that collided with the suspect’s car after he exited the freeway were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that weren’t life threating. The adult driver of a SUV also involved in the collision didn’t need to go to a hospital, police said.

No identities were released.



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