On Monday June 27, 2016 at 7:49 PM, Prescott Valley Police Department officers responded to a report of a disorderly subject at a convenience store located near the 8200 block of East State Route 69.
Officers arrived and determined that the disorderly female suspect had shoplifted several items of alcohol before fleeing the scene in a pick-up truck with no rear license plate. The responding officers broadcast an attempt-to-locate (ATL) for the suspect vehicle while investigating.
When the ATL was broadcast PVPD Chief Bryan Jarrell was traveling south on Glassford Hill Road after having attended a Neighborhood Watch meeting in the Pronghorn Estates. Chief Jarrell heard the ATL and began assisting officers in the area looking for the suspect vehicle.
Chief Jarrell observed a white Dodge pick-up truck matching the description traveling west on Long Look Drive toward Glassford Hill Road. Chief Jarrell followed the vehicle west on Long Look Drive and observed that the vehicle had no rear license plate. While stopped at the red light at Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive, Chief Jarrell observed the female driver and male passenger exit the truck and try to attach a license plate to the rear of the vehicle. When the light turned green the subjects re-entered the vehicle and continued to travel south on Glassford Hill Road.
The suspect vehicle turned right from Glassford Hill Road onto Sun Dog Boulevard at which point Chief Jarrell initiated a traffic stop and contact was made with the female driver and male passenger. Additional officers arrived at the stop and assisted with the investigation.
The 27-year-old female suspect from Lake Havasu City, identified as Mary Murphy, admitted to shoplifting from the convenient store and the stolen items were recovered from her vehicle.Investigation revealed that Murphy was driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for driving under the influence (D.U.I.) and booked into the Yavapai County Jail for D.U.I. and Shoplifting. The passenger was released at the scene with no pending charges.
“Impaired driving is a community problem," said Chief Jarrell, who made hundreds of D.U.I. arrests earlier in his career as a motor officer in Southfield Michigan. “Traffic safety, as well as all criminal behavior, is something everyone in this agency takes seriously. The men and women of the Prescott Valley Police department are committed to keeping this town safe.”
Prescott Valley Police would like to remind everyone who drinks intoxicating beverages to have a designated driver. Be responsible and enjoy the 4th of July celebrations.
Please report suspected DUI, reckless, or unsafe driving to your local law enforcement. Prescott Valley Police Department - (928) 772-9261 or call 911.