Life in prison for driver involved in fatal police chase

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Anthony Robert Dose, 26, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday. Dose was high on methamphetamine and on the run from police when he caused a fatal car crash in 2010. He pleaded guilty in the case. By Mike Gertzman Anthony Robert Dose, 26, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday. Dose was high on methamphetamine and on the run from police when he caused a fatal car crash in 2010. He pleaded guilty in the case. By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- A man who caused a fatal car crash, while on the run from from police officers in Mesa, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Anthony Robert Dose, 26, was high on methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

He will not be eligible for early release.

It was the night of Oct. 27, 2010, when police said Dose was driving over 100 mph, going eastbound on the U.S. 60. Dose fled when officers tried to stop him.

Officers backed off for safety reasons and called in the Mesa police helicopter to follow Dose, who continued to drive recklessly at high speed.

At one point he exited U.S. 60 at Higley Road and re-entered the westbound side of the highway from the eastbound off-ramp. Dose twice drove his vehicle directly at oncoming patrol cars, which had to take evasive actions to avoid colliding with him.

After continuing to flee police on surface streets, Dose entered the 202 Red Mountain Freeway at Gilbert Road driving west in the eastbound lanes at approximately 120 miles per hour with his lights turned off. 

He turned to avoid a group of eastbound vehicles, narrowly missing another vehicle traveling behind the group and crashing head on into a vehicle driven by Michelle Pagano, who subsequently died from injuries sustained in the collision.

On Dec. 9, 2010, a grand jury indicted Dose one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of second-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement and one count of endangerment. He pleaded guilty to all counts on Jan. 27 and was not offered a plea agreement.

“It is fitting and just that this defendant will never again walk freely among us for taking an innocent life with such recklessness and disregard,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.  “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family along with our hope that this measure of justice can help ease the burden of grief they will carry forever."

Dose already had a criminal history that included drug charges, burglary and car theft at the time of the fatal crash.