A man was arrested Sunday after police say he led officers on a 130 mph chase on a motorcycle through east Mesa, Queen Creek and Pinal County with a backpack containing methamphetamine, a semiautomatic handgun and cash.
John Scillieri, 45, faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of a weapon during a drug offense, aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police say an officer working a high-enforcement detail for the holiday weekend attempted to stop a motorcycle at Higley Road and Main Street. The rider failed to yield and fled south on Higley, where it was pursued by an air unit that saw it running red lights and driving left of center. The motorcycle stopped at Val Vista Drive and U.S. 60, where an officer blocked traffic, but then drove toward the blockade, forcing officers to jump out of the way. The air unit followed the motorcycle as it got on U.S. 60 where it approached speeds of 130 mph, continuing through Mesa and south through Queen Creek. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with the air unit to follow at a distance. The motorcycle crashed in Florence at the intersection of Hunt Highway and Highway 79, where Florence police and Pinal County deputies arrested Scillieri, who was transported to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. A search of his backpack revealed 22 grams of meth, a handgun and cash.