PD: Woman evades Phoenix police with kids in car, strikes fire hydrant and floods homes

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 15:58:15-05

PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman was charged last week with criminal damage after her alleged participation in a car theft.

Court documents show that on September 1, 2017, 25-year-old Tomasa Galindo Stendahl dropped someone off in a Phoenix neighborhood who stole a car and watched as police arrested the person.

Police say she immediately sped away at a high rate of speed. She allegedly continued to evade police by speeding through neighborhoods near 36th Street and Thomas Road.

Police say she did this with two small children in the car, ages two and three. She eventually struck another car, and both vehicles went up on the sidewalk and struck a fire hydrant.

The fire hydrant was broken off and flooded multiple homes in the area.