PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona man is facing felony charges after authorities say he caused a crash along Interstate 10 that sent five children to the hospital and closed the roadway for about 12 hours.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says 35-year-old Ricardo Castro of Goodyear was arrested Monday in connection with crash that occurred on Wednesday, Nov 21.
He's facing seven counts of aggravated assault and two counts of felony endangerment.
Authorities say Castro stopped along the interstate and told his mother-in-law, and 12-year-old daughter to get out of the car following an argument. He then sped back onto I-10 and eventually slammed into the back of an SUV that was carrying six people.
Five of the passengers -- all children -- were ejected.
Authorities say all but one of the SUV occupants have been released from the hospital and all are expected to survive.
According to court records, Castro's wife said that while he was speeding he attempted to take off her seat belt and struck her several times in the face.
The wife also told investigators that Castro said he was going to kill her because he found a text message from her ex-boyfriend.
A spokesman with the Arizona Dept. of Corrections confirmed to 3TV that Castro is currently an employee with the department, pending an administrative investigation.