An Elmore Road chase of a stolen SUV early Tuesday ended with its crash, police said, and a successful search for two suspects which blocked southbound traffic on Elmore for hours.

APD spokesman MJ Thim said the incident began when the vehicle in question -- a large GMC sport-utility vehicle -- was spotted by Patrol Division officers.

"They were attempting a traffic stop, and then the vehicle crashed at Elmore and 88th in that area and the suspects took off," Thim said.

A perimeter was formed and a K-9 unit was brought in to apprehend the suspects, who were found in a wooded area nearby. Thim said they remained in questioning Tuesday morning at APD headquarters.

Reports of a possible third suspect kept APD searching the area for a while longer, Thim said, but proved to be unfounded.

According to APD, a section of Elmore extending from 88th Avenue to Abbott Road was initially closed just before 5:30 a.m. By 7:45 a.m., the section had reopened but southbound traffic was being diverted into left turns onto Abbott; Elmore reopened fully at about 8:30 a.m.

Delays caused by the closure were exacerbated by construction near Service High School, Thim said.

Bryan Dunagan and Matt Faubion contributed information to this story.

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