Man, woman face numerous charges after police pursuit in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- Two suspects who led police on a pursuit crisscrossing much of Phoenix Wednesday morning are facing a number of charges.

The incident began when Phoenix police officers responded to a suspicious person call near 56th Street and Greenway Road. They attempted to contact a man, who jumped into a backyard and ran to a nearby black Kia Sorento occupied by a female accomplice.

Sgt. Trent Crump said the two people fled the area in a stolen vehicle with fictitious plates, leaving another stolen vehicle at the scene.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the female driver failed to yield. A police helicopter located the SUV and followed it into Tempe and eventually back into Phoenix.

Officers in unmarked vehicles assisted in the surveillance. Crump said the male suspect waived a handgun out the window and pointed it at officers from the back seat in the area of 48th Street and Indian School Road.

While traveling through Phoenix, the vehicle narrowly missed a light rail train, drove up on a sidewalk, and weaved in and out of traffic.

Crump said the SUV ran a red light at 16th Street and Camelback Road, resulting in a minor injury hit-and-run collision involving two other vehicles. The driver turned northbound on Seventh Avenue and ran another red light at the intersection of Maryland Avenue where it collided with two other vehicles, resulting in serious injuries to a passenger.

The SUV then hit a tree and the suspects fled on foot into a nearby business complex where they were taken into custody by officers.

Crump said the female driver was impaired.

The two suspects were admitted to a local hospital. The woman has since been released. She has been identified as Kendra Leigh McMillion, 26.

Police said they found items from a Tempe residential burglary inside the suspect vehicle and the stolen vehicle left at the original scene had property belonging to the male suspect.

Police also recovered three stolen handguns.

The investigation is still ongoing, but both suspects face several charges when they are released from the hospital.

Crump said McMillion will be booked for felony flight, five counts of endangerment, aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an attended vehicle collision, leaving the scene of a serious injury collision and unlawful use of a means of transportation.

The 38-year-old male passenger is a prohibited possessor and will be booked on possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, misconduct involving weapons, two counts of aggravated assault, numerous felony warrants and unlawful use of a means of transportation.

Crump said there may be additional charges of burglary and/or possession of stolen property as the investigation progresses.

The male suspect's name has not been released at this time.