Arizona man charged after leading police on high-speed chase

February 5th, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by BNO News  

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) – An Arizona man on Thursday was charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon after leading the police on a high-speed car chase.

The court documents allege that in December 2009, Larry Shonnie Ben, 31, was stopped by Navajo Nation Police after being dispatched regarding an intoxicated driver, later determined to be Ben. He refused to get out of his vehicle and fled from the police. A chase ensued.

During the chase, multiple police vehicles had their lights and sirens activated. Ben continued fleeing from the police, even after running over a set of stop sticks which deflated one of his tires. Ben swerved and crashed into two Navajo Nation patrol vehicles. When one of the vehicles was able to get in front of Ben, he then accelerated and rammed into the rear of the patrol vehicle.

After finally coming to a stop, Ben fled on foot until he was eventually captured by Navajo Nation police officers.

A conviction for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon carries a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Navajo Division of Public Safety - Department of Criminal Investigations, the Navajo Division of Law Enforcement, the Kayenta Police Department, the Shiprock Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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