Man Arrested For Felony Flight


A Payson man's flight from a pursuing law enforcement officer netted him a Class 5 felony.

Stephen Harley Williamson, 20, of Payson, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 near the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, after fleeing Payson police.

The police tried to stop Williamson on a routine traffic matter, but he failed to yield. He was pursued to the town limits. At that point the pursuit was terminated, but the vehicle was followed at a distance.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety put out spikes near Fort McDowell.

When one of Williamson's tires was spiked, he stopped and was arrested without incident.

A search of his vehicle yielded no contraband.

Williamson was charged with unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle, a Class 5 felony, and driving with a suspended license.

Williamson was booked into the Gila County jail.

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