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Troopers use stun gun on man who ignored barricades, initiated foot chase on I-17

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Troopers engaged a driver in a foot chase after he blew past a highway closure early Thursday morning. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Troopers engaged a driver in a foot chase after he blew past a highway closure early Thursday morning. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Troopers were able to get him to stop before the scene of the crash. (Source: ADOT) Troopers were able to get him to stop before the scene of the crash. (Source: ADOT)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Department of Public Safety troopers engaged a driver in a foot chase after he blew past a highway closure early Thursday morning.

Southbound Interstate 17 was closed at Indian School Road for a four-vehicle collision when a man drove past the barricade.

[RELATED: Rollover crash involving semi closes SB I-17 in Phoenix]

Troopers were able to get him to stop before the scene of the crash. 

However, as troopers questioned the man, he fled on foot and hopped over the median into oncoming northbound traffic.

"It is bizarre, especially when we have that much footage of it," DPS spokesman Raul Garcia told Arizona's Family reporter Mike Watkiss. "It appears initially he was cooperating but he provided false information ...."

[RAW VIDEO: Man runs from troopers after blowing past Phoenix highway closure]

The man, later identified as Jesus Duarte Valenzuela, was nearly struck before jumping a fence into a frontage street as troopers followed.

The Arizona Department of Transportation cameras captured the entire incident on video.

The trooper was able to catch up and use a stun gun to stop Valenzuela while behind a building near 24th Lane and Osborn Road. He was placed in custody by troopers and later booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

Valenzuela reportedly was driving on a suspended license and wanted on numerous warrants. Investigators are trying to determine if impairment was a factor in his actions.

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