Domestic violence situation ends in chase, car crash near airport

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Eric Pastrano By Jennifer Thomas Eric Pastrano By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- An overnight domestic violence situation ended with a short police chase and a car crash near Sky Harbor International Airport.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, Eric Pastrano hit and stabbed his girlfriend during an argument at their home near 43rd Avenue and Dobbins Road Monday night. He then forced her into a car and reportedly threatened to kill her.

The woman's daughter called 911 and said her mom's boyfriend had kidnapped her after a fight.

An officer with the South Mountain Precinct spotted Pastrano's vehicle and initiated a pursuit. A police helicopter was called in to assist.

During the chase, the victim spoke with a 911 operator and begged police to back off. She said she was afraid Pastrano was going to kill them both.

Pastrano got into a wreck on Buckeye Road just south of the airport. Pastrano tried to run away, Crump said.

Officers caught up to Pastrano a short time later and took him into custody.

The victim suffered only superficial injuries and was not taken to the hospital, Crump said.

The victim and the suspect have lived together for about one year. According to court paperwork, there are at least five previously documented reports involving the couple.

The victim recently had an order of protection against Pastrano, but "had lifted the order in hopes that Eric would change," according to court paperwork.

That paperwork also shows that Pastrano admitted arguing with his girlfriend, but denied hitting or stabbing her and accused her of lying. He said he "panicked" when he saw the police. Arresting officers said Pastrano became quite agitated when presented with inconsistencies between his statement and the injuries his girlfriend sustained.

Pastrano, 35, was booked on felony charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, unlawful flight and endangerment.

Pastrano, who has already spent time in prison, is now being held without bond. Court paperwork stated that he has fled to Mexico in the past to escape prosecution.

A status conference has been scheduled for Jan. 11, followed by a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14/.