Marcos Utimio Turner

Pinal County Sheriff’s Department

A man previously imprisoned for manslaughter, led a sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning.

At about 8 a.m., a deputy saw a 2002 Cadillac sedan speeding along a Casa Grande roadway, Sgt. Pat Ramirez, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.

The deputy saw the car drift off the
roadway onto the shoulder of northbound North Thornton Road, north of West Cottonwood Lane in the city of Casa Grande.

The deputy, who was traveling southbound on North Thornton Road, turned around and began following the Cadillac. When the deputy activated his lights and sirens, the driver, 31-year-old Marcos Utimio Turner, of Casa Grande, accelerated to 85 miles per hour and “began running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic, and driving recklessly,” Ramirez said.

Eventually Turner pulled into a business in the 10000 block of north Pinal Avenue, but initially refused commands from the deputy to get out of the car.

When Turner finally got out of the Cadillac, he resisted the deputy’s attempts to arrest him and was Tasered, Ramirez said.

“Turner appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was taken to a Casa Grande area hospital for medical evaluation,” Ramirez said.

Deputies found 12.6 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale in the Cadillac.

Turner was booked into the Pinal County jail and faces charges of unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement vehicle, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, resisting arrest and reckless driving. Additional charges are pending for driving under the influence of a drug, Ramirez said.

Turner had previously served nine years in prison for manslaughter, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections inmate database.