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Two Village Of Oak Creek Men Arrested After Leading Deputies On A Chase Last Week

Nelson, Andrew Mitchell

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Two men are in custody after they fled deputies near the Village of Oak Creek last Wednesday. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say a deputy was heading to the Village on Highway 179 about two miles from Interstate-17 at around 8 a.m., when a white Range Rover drove in the lane the deputy and two other cars were in. The Range Rover nearly caused a head-on collision with the vehicles. It appeared the driver of the Range Rover was trying to pass another vehicle at the time. The deputy turned around to try and stop the vehicle. The Ranger Rover driver then sped up, passing several cars and hitting speeds near 100 miles per hour. The Ranger Rover went under the I-17 overpass and onto Forest Roads. About an hour later, deputies found the vehicle hidden among trees near the road. They found 26-year-old Andrew Nelson from Village of Oak Creek in the driver’s seat. Deputies found open containers of alcohol inside and Nelson admitted to using Xanax and Oxycodone while drinking. Nelson resisted arrest until being placed in a deputies vehicle. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Brett Lahr, also from Village of Oak Creek, later that night. He admitted to being the driver of the Range Rover and claimed he didn’t know deputies were following him. Both were booked on charges related to the incident. Nelson was also charged with DUI.