MCSO: Woman survives wild ride near Wickenburg, as she is kidnapped before high-speed pursuit

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 07:38:56-05

WICKENBURG, AZ — A woman tried to leap from an SUV during a high-speed pursuit near Wickenburg last week.

MCSO reports that on February 20, a 911 dispatcher received a call and heard a man and woman arguing over the open line. Deputies were able to track the phone to an area on US 60 near Wickenburg.

Wickenburg police located the Chevy Tahoe and units from several agencies joined the pursuit. Police say the SUV lost a tire and was riding on its rims, "showering debris onto the roadway." They also reportedly saw the female passenger try to exit the SUV while it was traveling at a high rate of speed.

About 30 minutes later, the SUV stopped and 38-year-old Schuyler Pennington was arrested.

The victim later revealed to deputies that Pennington, her ex-boyfriend, offered to install a clothes washer for her at her home in Salome, Arizona.

As he was driving, she fell asleep. When she woke up, she found Pennington trying to hitch up a trailer full of goods onto the back of her SUV. She questioned him about it and told him, "she did not want to be a part of this."

He sped away, driving erratically through the desert, blowing a tire.

She called 911, but Pennington was able to get the phone away from her after a struggle.

Investigators say the victim suffered several injuries, including bite marks, from her struggle with Pennington.

Pennington, who has several arrest warrants from multiple police agencies, has been charged with various crimes including kidnapping, aggravated assault and endangerment.