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Tempe Police officer resigns after being arrested twice in 3 days

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Garrett Michael Peterson Garrett Michael Peterson
YUMA, Ariz. -
A Tempe Police officer resigned from the force after he was arrested twice in three days.

The first arrest happened over the weekend.  Police say Garrett Peterson first threatened to kill his ex-wife and her family, then led police officers on a high speed pursuit along the Loop 202.

He was put on house arrest, but on Monday afternoon, a second chase -- this time along Interstate 8 in Yuma around milepost 40.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the chase went back and forth along the freeway, with Peterson crossing the median several times.

The chase finally ended when Peterson crashed head-on with a semi-truck.

On Tuesday, FOX 10 obtained Peterson's work records with Tempe Police.  There are no red flags in his personnel records.

Now Peterson is in jail in Yuma. He's being held on a $1 million bond.

Take a look at Peterson's booking photo -- you can see bruises on his face. This after he crashed head-on into a semi truck on I-8. The former officer is behind bars again -- just hours after bonding out of jail here in the valley.

Peterson was arrested on Saturday after a standoff with officers.  He allegedly threatened his ex-wife in Gilbert.  After bonding out of jail, he was supposed to sign up for house arrest and electronic monitoring -- turning over all of his weapons to police.

Instead, police say Peterson took off and led police on a chase near Yuma before crashing into that semi truck.  DPS officers took pictures of the red car Peterson was driving.  Investigators say they believe he was under the influence.  The driver of the semi truck is going to be okay.  Police say Peterson didn't put up a fight during his arrest.

Tempe Police released Peterson's personnel file Tuesday.  His records show a lot of commendations, a couple of complaints, all but one unfounded.

And that one complaint involved Peterson using a bad word during a traffic stop.

Peterson is facing nine felony counts in Yuma, including aggravated assault, four counts of endangerment, unlawful flight, and criminal damage.

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