Stolen pickup plows into Mesa home, driver escapes through windshield

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Updated Sunday, May 19 at 1:27 PM

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MESA, Ariz. -- Police have arrested the man who allegedly drove a stolen pickup truck into the side of an East Valley house Thursday morning.

He has been identified as Rogerio Trevino.

Police also arrested the female passenger in the truck. Veronica Gallegos was found by insurance adjusters hiding in the master bedroom of the home five hours after the crash. She is facing trespassing charges.

It happened at about 5:30 a.m. in a neighborhood near McKellips Road and Horne.

The homeowners, a husband and wife, were asleep at the time.

According to police, the suspect stole the truck and some tools from a nearby Bridgestone auto shop at about 3 a.m.

There was a short pursuit, but the suspect lost the officer. The officer turned a corner and spotted the truck, which had plowed through the wall of a home. The suspect scrambled out of the vehicle through the windshield.

The suspect ran through the house, coming face to face with the husband, who recently had surgery. The suspect knocked the man down and sprinted out the back door, leaped over a fence and vanished into the neighborhood.

Police and K9 units fanned out to search for the suspect, who was described only as a Hispanic male with tattoos and a stocky build. Officers spotted him walking a little more than a mile from the wreck scene and were able to take him into custody without further incident. At this point, police have not released any information about him.

The pickup the suspect was driving did not just hit the wall of the house, it went through it so the front of the truck was in the bedroom on the other side.

Laura Simpson said she's lucky to be alive.

"I almost slept in that room tonight," she said. "[My husband] was up and down and I needed to get some sleep before work. So, I almost went in that room. … I would have been in that bed."

No injuries were reported, but because the husband had surgery just a few days ago, he was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

 

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