A dramatic police chase on Wednesday morning began in Phoenix, Arizona and came quite literally crashing to a violent end with a head-on collision in Tempe - and it was all caught on camera. Mitchell Timothy Taebel, 31, climbed out of the overturned SUV waved his arms and yelled at bystanders, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He stopped at a red light and kept driving after law enforcement rammed his Jeep.
Helicopters and DPS troopers followed the suspect as he continued to drive at high speeds along Interstate 10, eventually transitioning onto the 202. Officials in contact with the suspect during the chase indicated that he claimed to be a "sovereign citizen" not bound by government laws.
Taebel then picked up even more speed, racing south on Rural and dangerously weaving in and out of traffic and even sideswiping another vehicle. At that point, two of our unmarked vehicles tried to box in the SUV to get it to stop and take the suspect into custody.
The suspect drove at a high speed down the road for a short distance before striking another vehicle head-on.
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The vehicle spins out of control in a huge cloud of smoke as auto parts litter the road.
Taebel hit another vehicle causing the victim to be transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Taebel claims police had no reason to pull him over.