Man who caused rollover wreck that hurt 3 kids gets 10 years in prison

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Tempe man who caused a rollover wreck that injured three young children will spend 10 years in prison and another five on probation.

Originally charged with eight counts, including hit-and-run and aggravated DUI, Nathan Painter pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an injury collision.

The crash happened nearly a year ago on Oct. 26, 2013.

Chandler police said Painter lost control of his pickup truck on Ray Road, went over the sidewalk and down into a retention basin. The vehicle then went airborne and struck a Nissan Pathfinder that was traveling on Arrowhead Drive.

The Pathfinder rolled twice after the collision.

Painter drove away from the scene, but witnesses followed him until he eventually stopped.

Police said two 3-year-old boys inside the Pathfinder suffered serious injuries. A 2-year-old girl and the 61-year-old driver suffered minor injuries. Painter's girlfriend also was injured.

Police said impairment was a factor in the crash.