Wanted suspect caught after truck crashes into a Yuma bank sign

Wanted suspect caught after truck crashes into a Yuma bank sign

Luis Covarrubias Luis Covarrubias

YUMA, AZ- A wanted suspect is behind bars tonight after a truck he was a passenger in crashed into a bank sign following a police pursuit.

It happened Wednesday around 6:30 p.m.

Yuma police say it all started when an officer noticed the suspect riding in the truck in the 1700 block of 4th Avenue. "The officer tried to do a traffic stop on the car by using lights and sirens but the car took off at a high rate of speed northbound on 4th Avenue" says Sgt. Jeff Ruby.

He says the officer discontinued the pursuit near 16th Street and 4th Avenue but the white truck continued northbound on 4th Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Sgt. Ruby tells News 13 witnesses in front of the Bank of America on 4th Avenue saw the truck speeding in and out of traffic before losing control and coming to a halt into the bank sign.

He says, "at that time the three occupants of the truck took off running, officers caught two of them quickly." Sgt. Ruby goes on to say, "once officers got to the scene the third suspect Luis Covarrubias, who was the main subject wanted, was caught about 30 minutes later hiding behind the rear business of Comstock Refrigeration."

Police say Covarrubias is wanted out of San Luis for outstanding warrants pertaining to domestic violence.

In addition to the two warrants, Covarrubias was booked into Yuma County jail on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and trespass.

YPD says he was also in possession of a stolen weapon and he is not suppose to possess a weapon at anytime. Covarrubias also faces weapons charges of prohibited possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

The other two suspects were taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for unknown injuries from the wreck.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Border Patrol, and the California Highway Patrol assisted YPD in the incident.

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