Man charged in connection with Chandler rollover accident


by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 2:02 PM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Tempe man has been arrested on multiple criminal charges for allegedly causing a rollover accident that injured three children.

On Sunday, Chandler police said Nathan Painter, 43, was booked into jail on hit-and-run, aggravated assault and endangerment charges.

Police said on Saturday morning Painter was driving westbound on Ray Road when he lost control of his Ford pickup truck.

The truck went over the north sidewalk and down into a retention basin. It then came out of the basin, went airborne, and struck a Nissan Pathfinder that was traveling northbound on Arrowhead Drive.

The Pathfinder rolled over two times after the collision. Police said the driver still had her foot on the accelerator, causing the vehicle to travel into a retention basin where it came to rest.

The truck drove away from the scene, but Painter was followed by witnesses 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.

Police said Painter's girlfriend was also injured in the crash.

Impairment is said to have been a factor in the crash.

Painter is being held on $100,000 bond. A status conference is scheduled for Nov. 4 and a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 6.