A 38-year-old man died Friday after leading officers on a 12-mile pursuit through the Rim Country, hitting several unsuspecting motorists along the way.
Jimmie Reid Trace, of Shonto, Ariz., a small community 65 miles southeast of Page, died after losing control of his gray 1996 Chevrolet sedan and slamming into an embankment and tree on Highway 260, said Robert Lee Bailey, Department of Public Safety media relations officer.
The deadly incident started around 4:15 p.m., when DPS received multiple calls from motorists who reported a reckless driver heading westbound on Highway 260, near Forest Lakes.
Two of the callers reported being struck by Trace’s sedan.
When DPS officers arrived in the area, they spotted Trace’s sedan stopped in the westbound shoulder, at milepost 284.
When officers approached, Trace fled in the sedan, leading officers on a 12-mile pursuit along Highway 260.
At milepost 272, near Christopher Creek, Trace drove the sedan across the eastbound lanes and struck a tree and embankment.
Trace was ejected from the sedan and died at the scene.
Highway 260 was closed until 1:35 a.m. Saturday, while DPS conducted an investigation, Bailey said. None of the motorists stuck by Trace were injured.