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AZ man in stolen Mustang leads deputies on chase

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Despite several efforts to outrun deputies, a man suspected of stealing a Mustang has been arrested in Pinal County.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said deputies tried to stop the vehicle, reported stolen out of Apache Junction, about 8:15 p.m. Monday near Alameda and Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. But the driver sped off.

When the suspect realized he was going down a dead end road, he made a U-turn and drove head-on toward the deputy's vehicle.

The deputy swerved and the suspect's car missed the patrol vehicle by inches, PCSO said.

Deputies deployed two sets of stop sticks, but the driver turned westbound onto U.S. 60 and was clocked at nearly 100 mph as he sped through stop signs and red lights, according to PCSO.

The car crashed through a closed gate in the 1000 block of East Junction in Apache Junction and came to a stop.

The driver, Duane Michael Parks, 36, of Apache Junction, and a woman in the passenger seat, Melissa Scala, 20, of Mesa, ran from the scene, but Scala was quickly caught.

Deputies found a receipt for a scrap metal sale earlier in the day that had Parks' Arizona Identification Card on it. Authorities found him at his home, two miles away, with marijuana and a marijuana pipe.

PCSO said when a deputy tried to put Parks in a patrol car, he again tried to get away. He was forced to the ground until he complied.

Parks was booked into the Pinal County Jail for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, theft of means of transportation, felony flight, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, charges of criminal damage and leaving the scene of the accident.

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