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PHOENIX -- A man is in custody, accused of ramming an Arizona Department of Public Safety patrol car.

DPS officials alleged that 26-year-old Angel Antonio Flores-Tirado was on his way to deliver supplies to members of a drug cartel at a rest stop near Casa Grande.

A DPS Highway Patrol officer stopped Flores-Tirado about 3 a.m. Monday on Interstate 10 in west Phoenix.

Authorities said Flores-Tirado put his pickup truck in reverse, rammed the patrol car and fled the scene. He was later arrested.

DPS said Flores-Tirado's truck was loaded with survival gear, food, beverages, multiple pairs of walking shoes and camouflage jackets, batteries and cell phones and a loaded 9mm glock handgun and ammunition.

Flores-Tirado is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault on police officer and other charges.

Associated Press,

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