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Jul 30, 2012 5:11 PM

Sheriffs: 19-year-old steals car, flees traffic stop

TUCSON - A 19-year-old was arrested by Pima County Sheriffs after he drove away from a traffic stop north of Tucson and the department's helicopter followed him to a nearby hotel.

At about 1:23 a.m. Monday morning, a deputy with the Pima County Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Orange Grove Road and Rudasil Road after he noticed a traffic violation, according to a news release from PCSD.

The suspect sped away, and the deputy began a pursuit, the release states. During the pursuit, the deputies learned the car was reported stolen by the Tucson Police Department. The suspect began driving at extreme speeds, and out of safety concerns, the deputies stopped the ground chase and the PCSD's Air Unit took over following the car. It was seen driving into the hotel complex at 6201 N. Oracle Rd.

Witnesses pointed deputies to the room where they saw the driver enter, and adjacent rooms were evacuated, the news release states. The Sheriff's Auto Theft Unit responded and obtained a search warrant. There was no response from inside the room, so deputies forced entry, the release states.

The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody. He was identified as 19-year-old Brian Atland, and was arrested on charges of possession of Burglary Tools, Theft of Means of Transportation, Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, as well as three separate warrants. He was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center, the news release states.

Pictured: A Google Maps Street View image of the hotel where Brian Atland surrendered to deputies.

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