Authorities say an off-duty Tucson police officer was the victim of road rage that led to two separate crashes Wednesday night in the Foothills District.
The Pima County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Deputy Tracy Suitt said the off-duty officer was driving an unmarked vehicle when he merged onto Aviation Highway from 22nd Street about 11 p.m. and nearly collided with a pickup truck.
The driver of the truck, later identified as Eric Santos, 38, followed the officer through the downtown area and onto westbound Interstate 10.
As the officer slowed down to exit I-10 at Ina Road, Santos deliberately rammed into the officer's car, according to Suitt.
The officer then turned northbound on Thornydale Road and called 911.
Suitt said when the officer reached the intersection of Thornydale Road and Cortaro Farms Road, he had a red light, but made a left turn on the light to avoid confrontation with Santos.
Santos followed, making a left turn on the red light and collided with a car. The driver of the car and Santos were taken to the hospital but are expected to be OK.
The officer was not hurt in the incidents.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department Traffic Unit responded and is taking over the investigation.
Suitt said charges are pending.
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