The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on the Fourth of July when a police officer tried to stop John Scillieri, 45, for a traffic violation near Higley Road and Main Street in Mesa. Scillieri led officers on a chase at speeds up to 130 mph and traveled more than 40 miles before crashing.
At one point, the suspect drove directly toward officers at Val Vista Drive and U.S. 60, causing them to move out of the way. The suspect several red lights as he drove south on US 60 through Queen Creek until he crashed at Hunt Highway and State Route 79 near Florence.
Pinal County officials were notified and Scillieri was arrested and airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police confiscated his backpack and discovered 22 grams of methamphetamine, a semi-automatic handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash.
After the accident, Scillieri was released from the hospital late Monday evening and jailed on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of a weapon during a drug offense, aggravataed assault on a police officer, reckless driving, DUI, driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The motorcycle was impounded until police can identify if it was stolen.
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