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Deputies: Shoplifting fugitive arrested after ramming patrol vehicle

Posted at 12:43 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 15:47:03-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pinal County Sheriff's deputies caught a fugitive Wednesday after a car pursuit in which he rammed a patrol vehicle.

According to PCSO, deputies arrested 34-year-old John Kennedy, who was wanted on shoplifting warrants from Casa Grande.

When a sergeant tried to arrest Kennedy, he fought off the arrest and fled on foot, then got into his vehicle and started driving. That led to a high-speed pursuit on farm and canal roads, his car became stuck in soft dirt. After deputies approached, Kennedy rammed one of the vehicles.

After Kennedy ran off again, deputies arrested him and booked him into Pinal County Jail, where he faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, unlawful flight and criminal damage.