Search on for suspect in vehicle chase

GRAHAM COUNTY — Graham County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the person who stole an AT&T service van and led law enforcement on a chase throughout the county.

A deputy spotted the subject, described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and weighing 160 to 170 pounds, outside a unoccupied home in Thunderbird Mobile Home Estates. The man initially engaged in conversation with the deputy, but jumped in the van and took off when asked for identification.

The suspect traveled north on U.S. Highway 191 in excess of 90 miles an hour and led law enforcement on a chase through Clay Knolls, Safford and eventually Thatcher. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle with a spike strip, but the suspect drove off the roadway to avoid the device. A pursuing GCSo vehicle was not as lucky and two tires were deflated

The vehicle was eventually found abandoned in Dailey Estates and, despite use of a K-9, the suspect could not be found. However, deputies were able to obtain footprints and the suspect’s shirt as evidence and fingerprints were taken from the vehicle.