Published: 09.05.2008

Park ranger aids Border Patrol following high-speed pursuit
A ranger at Kartchner Caverns State Park southeast of Tucson helped Border Patrol agents find a man who drove through a checkpoint Wednesday and led authorities on a high-speed chase.
A man driving a white Chevy pickup truck about noon Wednesday failed to stop at a temporary highway checkpoint on Arizona 90 two miles north of the intersection with Arizona 82, said Mike Scioli, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman.
Border Patrol agents pursued the truck before Arizona Department of Public Safety officers took over, Scioli said. The man was driving at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. They lost track of him momentarily until a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine helicopter spotted the truck.
Agents in the helicopter saw the man jump out of the truck about 12:30 p.m. near the Kartchner Caverns State Park, Scioli said. Shortly after, a park ranger flagged down Border Patrol agents and pointed to a man hiding in the brush.
Agents apprehended the man and determined that he was the driver of the truck. When they returned to the truck, they found bundles of marijuana, weighing a total of 360 pounds, hidden in a false bed of the truck, Scioli said.
The man was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. No information was available on where he is from or how old he is.

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