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Man arrested after leading deputies on pursuits

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Posted at 11:58 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 14:58:45-04

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A 34-year-old San Tan Valley man was arrested Sunday after fleeing from deputies in two separate pursuits.

Mark Clark, spokesperson for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said that a deputy spotted a motorcycle driving on Desert Willow Road with a rider and a passenger on April 27.
 
The deputy recognized the motorcyclist as Sergio Hernandez and knew he had a suspended license and outstanding felony warrants.
 
“When the deputy attempted to stop Mr. Hernandez, he fled on the motorcycle at a high rate of speed through the neighborhoods. At one point he drove through a residential yard, missing the homeowner working in his yard by mere feet," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
 
On May 1, deputies were following up on a tip that Hernandez was at a home in the 6600 block of E. Summerset Rd in Florence.
 
Deputied spotted Hernandez and he immediately drove away at a high rate of speed.
 
“During the pursuit, he drove his vehicle across a golf course where golfers had to flee to avoid being struck by the vehicle. A short time after that, he crashed his SUV into a concrete canal embankment near Johnson Ranch and Hunt Highway, and fled on foot," said Babeu.
 
Hernandez is charged with two counts of Felony Flight, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of felony endangerment, criminal damage, two counts driving on a suspended license, failure to appear for the existing warrant, and numerous traffic violations.