Holiday fight in Phoenix ends in Maricopa arrest

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Mugshot of Jozhua Arnold provided by Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
Jozhua Arnold [PCSO/graphic]

Maricopa Police Department arrested a man accused of brake-checking his girlfriend on Thanksgiving. 

Police arrested 22-year-old Jozhua C. Arnold after an argument that started in Phoenix ended at a Maricopa drug store, according to a probable cause statement obtained by InMaricopa. 

Cops received a call around 4:30 p.m. from a woman who alleged Arnold, her boyfriend, was driving recklessly down West Smith-Enke Road. She told police she pulled into the CVS parking lot after Arnold brake-checked her. 

Officers arrived at the pharmacy where the woman said she and Arnold became physically violent during an incident at their shared residence in Phoenix. She said the couple decided to spend some time apart, and she went to her father’s house on West Sanders Way in Homestead. 

But Arnold showed up in Homestead as his girlfriend and her two siblings, both minors, were trying to leave the home, according to the probable cause statement. 

Arnold allegedly hammered on her car window and hit the driver-side mirror. He tried to use his car to block her from leaving. 

When his girlfriend managed to pull out of the driveway, Arnold followed her, according to police documents. He cut off several other drivers and weaved through traffic recklessly, a cell phone video of the incident showed. 

Police noted the caller was pregnant with Arnold’s child. She seemed in fear for the safety of herself and her two young siblings. 

Arnold admitted driving recklessly to cops but denied damaging the side-view mirror. He accused his girlfriend of injuring his hand and trying to run over his foot.  

Arnold was booked into the Pinal County jail on two charges of domestic violence and one count of reckless driving. He faces 10 months in jail; and a judge may decide to revoke his driving privileges for 90 days. 

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