Hit-and-run suspect said he drank 30 beers

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Guadalupe Castaneda By Catherine Holland Guadalupe Castaneda By Catherine Holland
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The driver accused of stealing a car and hitting two pedestrians in a parking lot told police he drank about 30 beers in the hours leading up to the incident.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Guadalupe Castaneda stole a 2010 Dodge Charger early Sunday morning in the parking lot of Bukkanas Bar at 17th Avenue and Camelback Road.

The car was stopped with the motor running while the driver was buying food from a vendor.

As Castaneda was speeding through the parking lot he hit two females including a 17-year-old girl who is four months pregnant, police said.

The teen was left with broken arms, legs, and ribs along with bruised lungs. The fetus was in critical condition.

The other pedestrian had a laceration on her elbow and a possible fracture.

After hitting the pedestrians, Castaneda crashed into a car that was not moving with two people inside. One person in that car had minor injuries.

Police on the ground, using lights and sirens, began to pursue Castaneda. Police also followed him with a helicopter.

Castaneda pulled over at 33rd Avenue and Van Buren Street.

Police who apprehended him said he admitted to taking the car but could not explain why he did it.

Castaneda also said he knew his driver's license was suspended because he had unpaid tickets.

He told police that he did not know he hit any pedestrians or another vehicle. He said he hit a garbage can.

Castaneda refused to take a field sobriety test so police took blood samples for lab tests.

He is facing charges of assault, endangerment, theft, unlawful flight from law enforcement, and aggravated DUI.

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