Caught on camera: Wild chase ends with head on collision

The chase started in the West Valley and ended near ASU in Tempe

Officials in contact with the suspect during the chase indicated that he claimed to be a "sovereign citizen" not bound by government laws. At several points, DPS troopers considered throwing down stop sticks to stop the suspect, but there was too much freeway traffic around him to do it safely.

The driver got off the freeway and drove toward Arizona State University.

Smoke billowing out of both vehicles after the collision. He then drove into oncoming traffic and slammed head on into another vehicle near an intersection.

"You had to hear it; it was loud!" one witness said.

"I've never seen anything like that before. Thank God she's OK", another added in regard to the other driver involved in the accident. "That someone would do that is ridiculous".

The driver continued down Scottsdale Road, which turns into Rural Road, and crashed into another vehicle at a high speed after driving through stop lights near Spence Avenue. The man behind the wheel has been identified as Mitchell Timothy Taebel turned off onto a busy street.

A 47-year-old woman was hurt in the crash.

According to an accompanying court document submitted by DPS, Taebel said he was "wrongfully detained", wouldn't "obey any rules or laws imposed on his freedom", and "had the legal authority to take" the lives of officers trying to arrest him.



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