A Mesa man tried to get himself out of a sticky situation Monday afternoon when he jumped from a deputy’s patrol car; unfortunately, the man was struck by the vehicle and later arrested.
A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy was driving Darrell Shicky, 40, to get gasoline for his stranded vehicle when Shicky overheard a police radio conversation alerting the deputy to Shicky’s active warrants.
Not wanting to go to jail, Shicky jumped from the patrol vehicle near the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino as the deputy was driving into Payson.
The deputy initially spotted Shicky just before noon on the side of Highway 87 with another adult and a dog.
“The deputy stopped to see if assistance was needed and learned that the car was out of gas,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
“Shicky was afforded a ride into town to get fuel and the deputy notified dispatch of the rider as per protocol.”
The deputy asked Shicky if he had any outstanding warrants and Shicky said “no.”
While still traveling, the deputy learned from dispatch that Shicky had active arrest warrants out of the Phoenix area. Shicky overheard the information and jumped, being struck by the vehicle.
Shicky ran from the scene, leading deputies and police officers on a short foot chase near the casino. Shicky tried to conceal himself by removing some of his clothing, however, officers quickly found Shicky. Firefighters treated Shicky for minor injuries and he was later released from Payson Regional Medical Center. Officers arrested Shicky and he admitted that he knew he had warrants and jumped because he did not wish to go to jail, according to the press release.