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Men surrender after chase, 6-hour standoff

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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009 6:01 pm | Updated: 1:19 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Two Mesa men are in the custody of Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of unlawful flight-related offenses after a police chase in Queen Creek early Monday.

Following a traffic stop, the men took off, and one of them barricaded himself in his parents’ Apache Junction home for more than six hours. The standoff ended peacefully.

Deputies pulled over Tige Pittman, 35, and London Ferguson, 27, in a white Ford pickup about 4 a.m. near Ironwood and Ocotillo roads for not having a license plate, authorities said. When the deputy was checking on the truck’s vehicle registration, the men fled, according to Lt. Tamatha Villar, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The deputy saw blood on Pittman’s hands and drug paraphernalia on the seat of the truck, Villar said. Pittman was driving.

Ferguson surrendered at Pittman’s parents’ home near Southern Avenue and Mariposa Road, Villar said. Pittman, however, remained inside the home until the sheriff’s office SWAT Team sent a robot inside to release tear gas. Pittman came out and surrendered, Villar said.

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