Toddler, baby, drugs, gun found in car that crashed after high-speed chasePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A baby and a toddler are in the care of Child Protective Services and three people are facing felony charges after a short-lived high-speed chase ended in a crash.
It happened at about 12:30 a.m. at State Route 51 and Bethany Home Road.
According to the Department of Public Safety, an officer clocked the vehicle at about 100 mph near the Glendale Avenue exit on southbound 51.
The officer tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop.
The driver got off the freeway at Bethany Home Road, one exit south of Glendale Avenue. He lost control of the car, plowed through the intersection and crash across the street.
The driver and another man fled.
Officers quickly caught one of the men and took him into custody without incident. Phoenix police caught up with the second man a short time later. They had to deploy their Tasers to subdue him.
An 18-month-old and a 4-month-old, both believed to be the children of the driver, were in the car. Their mother was in the back seat. Both kids suffered minor injuries and were taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital. They are now in CPS custody.
"Fortunately, no other traffic was involved," DPS Sgt. Alan Haywood said. "No other vehicles were involved in the collision."
When investigators searched the suspects' car, they found a relatively large amount of marijuana packages for sale and a gun.
The kids' parents and the other man all face a variety of charges.
The driver was Jorge Manuel Monge, age 22.
The driver's brother and rear seat passenger is 18-year-old Jacob Allen Monge.
The woman, 18-year-old Socity Gutierrez, is the driver's fiancé and mother of the children