Teen faces charges after fleeing police, crashing into wall with kids in SUV

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A 17-year-old girl has been detained on several charges after two children were injured when she crashed an SUV into a wall while allegedly fleeing from Phoenix police.

The teen was sent to the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center after being released from a hospital Sunday evening.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said an officer contacted the teen in a parking lot near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road Friday evening after someone reported that two children were left unattended in a Chevy Tahoe, which was not running and the outdoor temperature was over 100 degrees.

The teen reportedly provided false information to the officer.

While being detained, the girl removed one handcuff and ran back to her vehicle. The officer attempted to stop the teen when she struck him several times with her fist then sped off, according to Thompson.

A short time later, officers were called to a collision involving the Tahoe near 49th Avenue and Indian School Road. Thompson said the teen driver had been traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve then crashed into a block wall.

The teen and one child were ejected from the vehicle. The two boys, ages 5 and 8, reportedly were not restrained.

The younger child has been released from the hospital and the older child remains in ICU in critical but stable condition.

After the teen was released from the hospital on Sunday, she was interviewed at police headquarters in the presence of her mother. She was transported to the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center and detained on two counts of child abuse, three counts of aggravated assault, one count of escape and one count of obstructing a criminal investigation.


Police: 2 kids critical after handcuffed teen flees from officers, crashes SUV