A Mesa teen is accused of attacking his brother, stealing his grandmother’s car and leading police on a chase before crashing into a pickup truck.
Police say Raymond R. Hayes, 19, was driving erratically Sunday for more than 20 minutes before the head-on collision at Broadway Road and Macdonald.
Hayes admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day, Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Chuck Trapani said.
The pursuit began at 12:50 p.m. when a Mesa officer spotted the black Chevy Cavalier spinning out of control on Alma School Road near U.S. 60. The car sped away.
The first of the two crashes was a non-injury hit-and-run at 1:12 p.m. at 800 W. Broadway Road, Trapani said.
Officers tried to stop him at 200 S. Macdonald, but he made a U-turn and sped off. Police backed off the chase.
The Cavalier eventually ran a red light at Broadway and Macdonald and crashed head-on into a Ford F-150 carrying four passengers.
Two of those people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Hayes was also hospitalized.
He could face charges of aggravated assault, vehicle theft and criminal damage, Trapani said.
Trapani said that earlier in the day, Hayes assaulted his 15-year-old brother at his grandmother’s Tempe home.