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Marana hit-and-run suspect in custody following chase in Mesa

Marana hit-and-run suspect in custody following chase in Mesa

A Marana hit-and-run suspect was taken into custody Thursday night after a high-speed chase by authorities that began in Mesa.

Joshua Monigold, 31, was arrested after a pursuit by Mesa police, said Sgt. Chris Warren, a Marana Police Department spokesman.

Monigold crashed his pickup on Interstate 10 near Sun Lakes, according to news reports. The crash has shut down both directions of I-10 in the area, which is south of the Phoenix area.

Monigold was taken to the hospital for treatment, said Warren.

Mesa police officers pursued Monigold when he climbed out of his truck and tried to steal a motorcycle from a man in front of his pickup on a busy street, according to media footage. Monigold did not succeed and climbed back in his truck and erratically drove off.

Police gave chase and Monigold ended up crashing on the interstate. His truck rolled and he was ejected, according to news reports.

Monigold was a suspect in a Saturday night hit-and-run that seriously injured another driver in Marana. He is wanted in connection with a felony charge of leaving the scene of a collision with injuries, said Warren.

Police believe that Monigold fled the scene of a crash at the intersection of Twin Peaks and Tangerine road, at about 9 p.m. on March 19. 

The driver of the second vehicle was seriously injured, Warren said.

Monigold is described as being 6'2", 230 lbs., with brown hair, hazel eyes and multiple tattoos on both arms and his chest. He has the words, "White Pride" and "Peckerwood" tattooed on his chest.

See television footage of suspect trying to carjack motorcyclist here.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191. On Twitter: @caitlincschmidt

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