Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
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Press Release

Off-Duty Officer Victim of Road Rage

Sent on 8/29/2013 10:30:13 AM

On August 28, 2013, at approximately 11:05 p.m., Foothills District deputies responded to a collision at the intersection of Thornydale Road and Cortaro Farms Road. When deputies arrived, they learned the collision followed an earlier road rage incident. The victim of the road rage was an off-duty Tucson Police Department officer. The incident began when the off-duty officer, driving an unmarked vehicle, merged onto Aviation Highway from 22nd Street and nearly collided with a pick-up truck. The driver of the truck, 38-year-old Eric Santos, closely followed the officer through the downtown area and onto westbound I-10. Mr. Santos continued to follow closely behind the officer as they travelled westbound on I-10. As the officer decreased his speed to exit I-10 at Ina Road, Mr. Santos deliberately rammed and pushed the officer’s vehicle. The officer proceeded eastbound on Ina Road with Mr. Santos still behind him. He turned northbound on Thornydale Road and called 911 to report the incident. When the officer reached the intersection of Thornydale Road and Cortaro Farms Road, he had a red light. The officer made a left turn on the red light, after checking to make sure there was no traffic approaching, to avoid a confrontation with Mr. Santos. When Mr. Santos reached the intersection, he made a left turn and collided with a southbound passenger car driven by a female. Deputies arrived on scene shortly after the collision. Mr. Santos and the female were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff’s Department Traffic Unit responded and took over the investigation. Charges are pending.


Thornydale Road and Cortaro Farms Road, Tucson, AZ, United States


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