Crash shuts down Glendale intersection

GLENDALE, AZ - Police say two men who fled from officers before getting into a four-car crash Friday night in Glendale will face aggravated assault charges.

According to Glendale police spokesman Sgt. Brent Coombs, officers from a Neighborhood Response Squad were at an apartment complex near 43rd and Glendale avenues around 9 p.m. when they walked over to a suspicious silver Dodge sedan.

The sedan then aggressively backed toward the officers, so one of the officers fired a gun after feeling threatened, Coombs said.

The two men in the Dodge sedan then left the apartment complex and traveled onto 43rd Avenue at a high rate of speed, Coombs said.

The officers then reportedly found the car a mile away at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road after the car had already been in a crash with three other vehicles.

Coombs said both suspects were taken out of the Dodge sedan and were transported to a Valley hospital to treat their non-life threatening injuries.

Five other people involved in the crash were transported to nearby hospitals to treat injuries from the collision, one of which was a 7-year-old girl with a head injury, Coombs said.

He said the driver of the Dodge sedan, a Phoenix resident, drove into the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road at a high rate of speed on a red light, which caused the crash.

The two officers involved were not hurt in the incident at the apartment complex and are on paid administrative leave, which is standard in any officer-involved shooting, Coombs said.

When the suspects are released from the hospitals, they will be booked for the felony crimes involved aggravated assault on the officers and aggravated assaults on the victims in the three other vehicles that sustained injuries in the collision.

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