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Arizona officers search for auto theft suspects

RYE, Ariz. -- Law enforcement agents are searching in Gila County for two men who crashed a stolen vehicle before fleeing on foot.

Authorities say the chase started Wednesday afternoon when an officer tried to make a traffic stop. The vehicle rammed a pickup truck and sped north on state highway 87 near Rye.

Officer Carrick Cook with the Arizona Department of Public Safety says the vehicle eventually stopped and the two men got out and ran. Inside, officers found two handguns.

The highway was briefly shutdown as a result of the chase.

Tactical officers with the Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies were helping with the search Wednesday night.

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