PD: 3 kids found in car after driver tries to elude capturePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A 26-year-old Phoenix man could face several felony charges, including child abuse, after he led police on a chase in Phoenix that ended when he crashed a stolen car into a traffic signal pole Sunday evening.
Lucas A. Wieweck and two other people were suspected of beating an unidentified man, threatening him with a knife and stealing his car about 4:10 p.m. near 31st Street and Virginia Avenue, according to an officer's probable cause statement.
The victim managed to break away from his captors and called police, according to the statement.
The stolen car was spotted by officers going east on McDowell Road near Third Avenue. The car sped up as patrol cars got behind the vehicle and crashed into three cars at the intersection of McDowell and Central Avenue, according to the statement.
It continued to speed away to elude officers, running a red light at 16th Street and continuing to 24th Street, where it attempted to go through another red light, but spun out of control and hit the traffic signal pole. Officers estimated the car was going 30 to 40 mph when it crashed, according to the statement.
The driver jumped from the car and tried to run but was captured about 50 yards from the crash scene, according to the statement.
Police said they found three children ranging in ages from 2 to 4 years old and a woman claiming to be Wieweck's girlfriend in the crashed vehicle. The children were taken to a hospital for observation, according to the statement.
Wieweck was booked into jail on three counts of felony child abuse, and one felony count each of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, unlawful flight, endangerment and criminal damage.