Joshua Bloom (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The Department of Public Safety has caught a man after a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph on State Route 85 in the West Valley on Friday.
DPS said the suspect, identified as Joshua Marcus Bloom, 35, was driving recklessly. When they tried to stop him, he took off. The passenger-side mirror struck one of the DPS officers in the wrist as Bloom drove away.
"We got several calls that this person was driving erratically, aggressively, tailgating, waving his arms around," said Officer Carrick Cook with the Department of Public Safety.
In a jailhouse interview Monday with CBS 5, Bloom says he sped away from police since he knew his license was suspended, and he was concerned police would impound his car and leave him stranded.
"Yes, I did know that I was driving without a driver's license," said Bloom.
Authorities said DPS dispatchers had been receiving reports of a man making gestures with his hands, using it as if it were a gun and pointing it at the other vehicle.
"He went northbound on State Route 85 reaching speeds of 100 miles an hour and during that pursuit, we were able to successfully spike him," Cook said.
However, Bloom claims he never reached speeds that high, though he did apologize to the drivers and police that may have been concerned about their safety during the pursuit.
"I want to honestly apologize and (putting anyone in danger) wasn't my intention," said Bloom. I did think of the other people. I wasn't driving erratically or anything like that. I do honestly apologize and to the officers too, because I know they're only doing their job," he continued.
Driving on rims, DPS said Bloom got on the Interstate 10 East and DPS called in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to help. MCSO followed Bloom and then they hit Bloom's Toyota, stopping him. Bloom came out of the car with his hands up and got on the ground.
"This is not our first encounter with that vehicle or this person," Cook said.
DPS said Bloom was arrested back in December during their DUI task force, after he led police on another chase. DPS said this time they didn't find any weapons or drugs on Bloom - so why did he run again?
"He made statements that he didn't want to be left out in the desert," Cook said. "Take it for what it is, his driver's license, from what I understand, is suspended and revoked."
Cook said they would never leave someone high and dry, and while he said Bloom's own actions didn't hurt anyone today, they did leave him stranded in jail.
"In the years I've been doing this, and it's not a ton, but it's enough, nothing surprises me anymore," Cook said.
DPS tells us Bloom will be facing charges for flight, driving on a suspended license, and possibly endangerment.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:09:50 GMT
One teen is dead after a fatal car accident in Aiken County this morning The Aiken County Coroner's Office confirmed Ricky Marquez, 19, died after the car he was riding in left the roadway and struck severalMore >>
An Aiken County teen is dead after severe head injuries from a fatal car accident this morning. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:31:35 GMT
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday. "Every little bit helps," said ValliMore >>
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:51:03 GMT
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard."Situations like this where there is a healthMore >>
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:45:01 GMT
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts. They say they voted against changing the membership standards because 85% of the 2,700 constituentsMore >>
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:45:32 GMT
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated. "The Augusta Commission in a meetingMore >>
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:53 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:53:19 GMT
Ryan David Jones/Source: RCSO
Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:54:11 GMT
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.Robert Donald Holden, Jr, of Hephzibah, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 3500 blockMore >>
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:00:17 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:07:55 GMT
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening. "It hit me hard because this was like another family to me," saidMore >>
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening.More >>