Pursuit Leads To Round Valley Home

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A pursuit of a stolen vehicle by the Arizona Department of Public Safety led to an arrest in a Round Valley home.

At about 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, DPS called the Gila County Sheriff's Department for assistance in Round Valley, according to information from Sheriff's Det. Brian Havey.

DPS had pursued a small white sport utility vehicle up Highway 87 at speeds around 80 mph. DPS officers believed the vehicle was being driven by Michael Clay Seeley, 23, of Heber.

The vehicle was followed into Round Valley where it stopped at a residence and the driver gained entrance to the house through a window.

DPS asked the sheriff's department to search the house since that is something they normally don't do, Havey said.

Sgt. Craig Smith responded and followed the suspect inside, with permission from the homeowner.

The house was barricaded, Havey said, so Smith went in the same way as the suspect, through a window.

In Smith's initial search, he did not find anything out of the ordinary, but in a second check of a bedroom, he noticed a rise in the waterbed mattress where someone's head would be if they were on the bed. Upon closer inspection he discovered the suspect had hidden between the mattress and the sideboard of the bed.

Smith reportedly had to wrestle Seeley to the ground and finally arrest him at gunpoint.

"Smith did an outstanding job taking the subject into custody," Havey said.

Seeley was arrested on a no bond felony warrant out of Maricopa County, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest, the detective said.

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