Man escapes police, runs into traffic

Thatcher

SHOW LOW — A handcuffed man who escaped during the arrest process ran out into traffic on the Deuce of Clubs and nearly got killed.

Police said Sean Thatcher, 23, of Show Low, was arrested June 6 for allegedly shoplifting beer from the Circle K convenience store on the Deuce of Clubs, drinking in public and criminal damage after officers got a call from the store clerk reporting that Thatcher and Sarah Maloy, 32, of Show Low, stole cans of beer from the convenience store.

Police reportedly found Maloy at the car wash on the Deuce of Clubs and were questioning her when Thatcher reportedly approached them drinking from one of the stolen cans of beer.

Police said when officers tried to question Thatcher he allegedly became aggressive, cursed and yelled at the officers, and resisted arrest before being subdued and put in handcuffs.

Police said as the officers tried to get him into a patrol car he became more aggressive, managing to break away and run onto the Deuce of Clubs across four lanes of busy traffic at dusk around 6:15 p.m., nearly being hit by numerous motorists that managed to avoid him.

Police said witnesses reported seeing he and Maloy steal the beer form the convenience store.

Police said Thatcher was also resisting as officers tried to put him in a holding cell after he reportedly refused to allow police to take a photo or fingerprint him.

Reach the reporter at mleiby@wmicentral.com

Mike Leiby covers police, courts, and the towns of Snowflake and Taylor.

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