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Officers identify suspect in W.V. high speed chase
Submitted by West Valley View on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 12:00am
by Steve Stout, Laura Malpert
A high-speed chase ended in a residential subdivision in the West Valley on Wednesday with the suspect bailing from a stolen car before he was taken into custody, police said.
The chase began shortly after 9:20 a.m. near 101st and Glendale avenues with a report of a home burglary. The suspect, later identified as Austin Straps, blew through intersections and passed cars in all lanes, along dirt shoulders and even on sidewalks and grassy areas, police said.
Straps, 19, lives in Casa Grande and had just gotten off parole five days before Wednesday’s chase. He served time in prison for burglary, according to court documents.
After leading police on an hour-long chase through Phoenix, Goodyear, Avondale, Surprise, Sun City and Peoria, the chase came to an end outside a house in a residential Peoria neighborhood.
The stolen BMW crashed into a curb, breaking an axle and disabling the front left tire. The suspect got out and tried to run away, holding onto his pants to keep them up and losing his shoes as he ran, police said.
He tried to get inside the house, but before he made it, police drew their guns and took him into custody near 107th Avenue and just north of West Happy Valley Parkway at about 10:50 a.m.
The chase started after a home burglary and car theft at a North Phoenix home.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman said the car was tracked through its GPS system.
The chase wound through different areas in a wide swath through the West Valley and involved numerous law enforcement agencies, Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
The chase went through residential and industrial areas, farmland and roads near Luke Air Force Base. The car was also seen speeding past golf carts in the retirement community of Sun City and Sun City West. The suspect also drove through a Home Depot parking lot near Bell and Litchfield roads. He was the only occupant, Thompson said.
No one was reportedly hurt in the incident.
Straps is being held at Fourth Avenue Jail. The 19-year-old has a lengthy criminal history and now faces several felony charges including vehicle theft, aggravated assault and reckless driving.
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