2 People in custody after police chase, crash

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
At least one person is in custody after a police chase ended in a foot pursuit that culminated in a flying tackle by an officer. By Catherine Holland At least one person is in custody after a police chase ended in a foot pursuit that culminated in a flying tackle by an officer. By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A wanted man and his alleged accomplice raced through the streets of Phoenix in a pickup truck on Tuesday morning with law officers in pursuit and it was all caught on video.

When it was over, the fleeing pickup truck ran a red light where is narrowly missed a city bus and broadsided a passenger vehicle before finally coming to a stop on Thomas Road just east of 16th Street.

But the chase wasn't over.

The wanted man, 46-year-old Anthony Wheeler, then bailed out of the truck's front passenger seat and took off on foot.

Wheeler did not make it very far; however, as he was tackled by one of the pursuing DPS officers outside of a nearby apartment complex, crashing through one of the apartment's windows as he was taken into custody.

Wheeler was being sought by members of the Arizona's "Wanted Fugitive Task Force" for an alleged parole violation. Wheeler has a conviction for aggravated assault against a police officer.

Wheeler's alleged accomplice this morning and the driver of the truck, 56-year-old Patricia Harris, was also arrested and now faces charges of felony flight and aggravated assault.

The motorist whose vehicle was broadsided by the fleeing truck was taken to the hospital, but that person's injuries were described by investigators as "non-life threatening."