911 call in burglary that ended with crash

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by Jaime Cerreta

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Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 2:29 PM

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MESA, Ariz. -- A burglary suspect out of Chandler caused a very destructive three-car crash in Mesa while trying to get away from police, according to officials.

Police say Gabriel Juan Lamb, 25, broke into a home near Alma School Road and the Loop 202 on Monday afternoon.

He fled when a 17-year-old female came home. She was able to get the color and license plate number of Lamb's vehicle and give police a description of Lamb.

A Chandler police officer located Lamb's gold-colored sedan and pulled the car over on Dobson Road near Guadalupe Road. That's when Lamb reportedly took off driving into a neighborhood.

The officer followed Lamb through the neighborhood but suspended the pursuit because Lamb was driving erratically and running stop signs.

A short time later, Lamb T-boned a green pickup truck on Alma School Road near Guadalupe Road. Investigators said the pickup truck rolled several times and crashed into a black Chrysler 300.

"We just pulled him [the suspect] out best we could. He was stuck in the window. We just started yanking him and pulling because the gas was pouring out and I just thought this is gonna go," said witness Steve Phillips.

Police said Lamb tried to walk away from the crash scene on foot. He was caught by an officer from Mesa.

Lamb was taken to a hospital for treatment. He is expected to be released on Tuesday. Favazzo said Lamb will be taken into custody and booked for residential burglary and aggravated assault.

The two people in the truck had to be transported to the hospital. The driver was treated and released. The passenger remains in the hospital and will be undergoing surgery for his injuries, according to police. The occupants of the Chrysler received minor injuries.

Alma School Road was restricted for several hours on Monday evening.

 

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