Insane Car Chase Ends in Head-On Crash
An Arizona state trooper only wanted to pull over Mitchell Taebel, 31, for unsafe speed and lane use. Instead, Taebel led scores of police on a wild car chase that ended in a head-on collision.
Taebel was driving his red Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound on State Road 85 in Buckeye, Arizona, on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 24. When the trooper tried to pull him over, Taebel didn’t comply and instead accelerated up to about 100 mph. After a few dozen miles, he turned right on Interstate 10, heading to Phoenix. Meanwhile, multiple police vehicles joined the chase, according to a police report.
Taebel further accelerated to about 115 mph and continued to evade police for approximately another 45 miles. He drove through Phoenix and took an exit in Tempe, where he crashed almost head-on into a black Jeep Compass.
The crash turned Taebel’s car into a tumbling heap of metal and dust. But that wasn’t the end of it. He exited the car and attempted to flee on foot. He didn’t get far though. State troopers arrested him and had him treated for minor injuries.
The female driver of the Jeep Compass suffered a broken hand and foot and was transported to a local hospital.
Taebel’s rap sheet includes violent felonies and misdemeanors in several states. He tried to argue that the officers didn’t have the right to restrict his freedom. It didn’t fly. He faces a slew of charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with serious injury, and aggravated assault against officer, 3TV/CBS 5 reported.