One thing was certain Sunday morning -- documented gang member Omar Flores-Moreno did not want to be taken in by the police after fleeing the scene of a residential robbery.
Instead, Flores-Moreno allegedly did everything in his power to evade officers, including trying to mow down an officer with his car, nearly driving head-on into a police vehicle, fighting off a police dog, and fighting the effects of being tased several times - all while, unsurprisingly, under the effects of an illegal substance, reports ABC 15 News.
Flores-Moreno's high-speed chase through city streets led to charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony flight, aggravated DUI and resisting arrest, said authorities.
In Arizona, an aggravated DUI is a felony that is punishable by multiple years of imprisonment and is usually given because other felonies were committed. The full text of Arizona's aggravated DUI law can be found at Arizona Revised Statute 28-1383.
According to Mesa Police Sergeant Ed Wessing, the 22-year-old drove straight at an officer who was trying to stop him. The officer, however, was not struck thanks to evasive action.
Flores-Moreno also almost got into a head-on collision with a police vehicle as he fled the scene, Wessing added, but was finally overtaken when his car bottomed out and broke down.
The lack of engine-power did not stop Flores-Moreno, however, and he took to his feet, sprinting away from an officer and his canine unit despite warnings that the officer would unleash his dog on him. When the officer did, Flores-Moreno continued to resist arrest despite the dog's attack and his being tased several times.
Despite his seemingly-superhuman resistance to authorities during his flight from a residential robbery, Omar Flores-Moreno was eventually arrested, charged with multiple felonies such as the aggravated DUI, and taken to Banner Desert Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
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