Man wrecks car, flees; assaults nurses following arrest

An Illionois man was arrested on several charges after crashing his car Sunday morning and leaving the scene of the accident. Mohave Country, Arizona, May 22, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Trooper John Rogers, Arizona DPS, St. George News

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — A 25-year-old Illinois man was arrested early Sunday morning after crashing his car on Interstate 15 just over the Arizona state line, then running from authorities.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper John Rogers said Keenan Reed was northbound on I-15 just past Arizona milepost 3 when he lost control of his Ford Crown Victoria about 6 a.m. (AST) or 7 a.m. (MDT), crashed into the hillside and took off on foot into the desert.

A wildlife biologist happened to witness the crash and was able to describe the suspect to Rogers, who picked up Reed about an hour and a half later approximately a mile away from the crash site, said Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms. [see Ed. note]

Rogers arrested Reed on suspicion of failure to remain at the scene of an accident and suspicion of DUI, both misdemeanor offenses.

When Reed was taken to Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite to check on his injuries, Rogers said he allegedly became combative, spitting and attempting to bite the nursing staff. That resulted in additional charges of felony aggravated assault.

Reed was taken to the Mesquite Detention Center and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, aggravated assault of a peace officer and aggravated assault of a health care worker. He remains in custody until his first court appearance Monday.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Ed. note: An earlier version of this article stated the wildlife biologist was a wildlife “officer,” which he is not. The article also stated that Reed was picked up seven miles away from the crash site.


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