$20K bond for man arrested after car chase



Posted on November 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 10:40 AM

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Bond is set at $20,000 for a Casa Grande man who allegedly led authorities on an hour-long, high-speed chase through city streets and neighborhoods west of Phoenix in a stolen luxury car.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 19-year-old Austin Mathew Straps had his initial court appearance Thursday.

He doesn't have an attorney yet. His next scheduled court date is Nov. 20.

Straps is facing charges of burglary, unlawful flight and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers.

Authorities say the driver of the BMW ignored red lights, cut corners while speeding through turns and recklessly passed several other vehicles.

After an hour of erratic driving, the man bailed out of the car near 107th Avenue and Happy Valley Parkway and ran into a home, where he was arrested around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The stolen BMW was being tracked by the BMW Corporation through GPS vehicle locating system, according to court records.

Police said the victim saw Straps stealing the BMW from her garage.

Straps told police he fled from police because he was scared.

Scottsdale police say Strap stole two vehicles in their city and committed 12 residential burglaries.

The suspect was arrested just last week for allegedly stealing a car. Police said he had drugs and gun in his possession at the time.

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