SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- A woman was seriously hurt Friday afternoon after a pickup truck that was fleeing from police crashed into her SUV in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale police Sgt. Ben Hoster said the driver and a passenger in the pickup truck refused to stop for Tempe officers after a shoplifting incident and then a carjacking in that city. A third person, the victim in the carjacking, was also in the truck.

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Detective Natalie Barela of the Tempe Police Department said their officers were called to the Walmart store located near Priest Drive and Elliot Road at 12:50 p.m. for a shoplifting incident.

When they arrived at the Walmart, witnesses pointed out a pickup truck that was involved in the shoplifting. Officers tried to stop the truck, but the driver kept going, said Barela.

"While the patrol officer followed and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, he observed what appeared to be an occupant attempting to push someone out of the moving vehicle," said Barela.

Another Tempe police patrol officer saw the vehicle exiting the Loop 202 northbound on Scottsdale Road. Barela says an officer noticed the erratic driving behavior and advised all Tempe officers back off and not  attempt to stop the pickup truck. 

Tempe police dispatch advised the Scottsdale Police Department about vehicle, which was seen heading into their city.

Five minutes later, Hoster says the five-vehicle crash was reported in south Scottsdale at 68th Street and McDowell Road.

When officers arrived at the multi-car wreck, witnesses told them that a man and a woman ran from the pickup truck.

"We noticed the woman was severely injured, she kept falling down repeatedly as she was walking toward us," said Tyson Muse. "She was falling and he was helping her as they were trying to essentially flee the scene. They ran passed us and we noticed they were trying to get in another vehicle that was parked at the apartment complex behind us."

Muse and other employees from Certified Benz and Beemer were trying to help the victims in the crash. One employee followed the man and woman who were trying to get away. 

"PD ended up coming up on both sides, held them at gunpoint, pulled them out of the vehicle," Muse said.   

Witnesses also told officers that the pickup truck was westbound when it blew through a red light and hit a southbound SUV driven by a woman, said Hoster.

Three other cars were also hit during the crash. A total of five people were taken to a hospital.

"We got a razor to try and cut the rear airbags out and then we were helping some of the other victims, we were bringing them into the showroom floor to get them cooled off, get the some water until paramedics got here," Muse said.

The intersection of 68th Street and McDowell Road was closed for the investigation. It reopened just after 8 p.m.

It's not clear what charges the two suspects will face. 


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