Wild ride ends when car crashes at elementary school

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl were taken into custody late Wednesday night after going on a wild ride through the west Valley.

Phoenix Police first responded after receiving a call of a white Ford Mustang speeding on Indian School Road near 35th Avenue.

Two officers spotted the vehicle near 51st Avenue, and watched it run several red lights. The officers signaled for the car to stop, but decided not to purse when the driver turned into a neighborhood near 71st Avenue.

A third officer came across the Mustang on 75th Avenue when the driver began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. The car drove into the officer’s Chevrolet Tahoe before driving into the parking lot of a restaurant near 4000 N. 75th Avenue.

The first two officers, and the one whose vehicle had been struck, followed the Mustang into the parking lot.

The driver rammed into both police cars in an attempt to escape, and at one point hit an open passenger door which struck an officer’s leg. The officer responded by firing several rounds at the Mustang, but no one was hit by any bullets.

The suspects proceeded to flee the parking lot, and began driving down Mitchell Drive. The driver eventually failed to handle a turn in the road, and crashed through a chain link fence at Starlight Park Elementary School.

The car came to rest upside down on school property.

When officers arrived the man and the girl were standing outside the vehicle. The girl had minor injuries, while the driver was suffering from more severe injuries.

Police suspect that the driver was impaired at the time of the incident. Charges are pending, and the investigation into the case is still ongoing.