Carjacker leads police on wild ride

Carjacking leads to police chase.
A carjacker leads Phoenix police on dangerous chase after exchange of gunfire.

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PHOENIX, Arizona (KPNX) — A carjacking suspect remained hospitalized Wednesday after crashing a stolen vehicle during a police chase Tuesday night, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Officer James Holmes said police will release the identity of the 22-year-old man after he leaves the hospital and is taken to jail.

Officers responded to a call of a forgery in progress at a check-cashing business on Bell Road in north Phoenix on Tuesday evening. They confronted a man and shots were fired.

The suspect then spotted a truck with a woman inside.

“He pulls out his gun and he sticks the weapon to the young lady’s head,” said a police spokesperson. “At that point, the officers are behind the truck and they can see this. Out of fear for that young lady’s life, one of our officers fired one round into the truck and the suspect fell out.”

Officers approached the truck and got the woman and two small children out.

While they were doing that, the suspect climbed into the truck and sped away.

Police chased the truck as it sped along I-17. The suspect drove up the highway embankments trying to avoid capture.

He eventually pulled into a convenience store parking lot where police surrounded his vehicle.

There was a brief struggle and the suspect was captured. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for an unknown injury.

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