Police: Citizens chase and capture DUI suspect after crash in Gilbert

Posted at 1:41 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 21:32:31-04

Police say that citizens chased down a suspect after he fled the scene of a serious crash and held him until police arrived.

Court records show that on September 22, witnesses to a serious crash in Gilbert helped capture a man on probation that attempted to flee the scene.

According to police, 36-year-old William Michael Wheeler was on probation for DUI, drugs, and weapon charges when he fled California without permission.

Police say Wheeler was driving erratically on Lindsey Road near Williams Field Road when he collided with another vehicle that was carrying a woman and her 11-year-old daughter.

One of the victims suffered multiple injuries including a broken shoulder, arm, jaw and facial fractures, police said.

Wheeler allegedly ran away on foot after the crash, disregarding his injuries. Later reports showed he had broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Citizens in the area said they contacted 911 and chased the suspect down, eventually catching Wheeler about a block away from the scene and held him on the ground until police arrived.

Police report that Wheeler's blood alcohol content was reported as being .192%.

Wheeler is being charged with aggravated assault, endangerment, and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.