The Queen Creek Police Department (QCPD) made an arrest late yesterday in last week's hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian.
QCPD officers and the Pinal County's Sheriff's Office Vehicular Crimes Unit responded to the hit-and-run near Power and Cloud roads, just before 10 p.m. on Jan. 7. The pedestrian suffered significant injuries.
"Thanks to the hard work of QCPD detectives, and with help from the Gilbert Police Department and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, QCPD has identified and arrested a 23-year-old Mesa man. The suspect was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office jail on two separate felony charges. The victim has non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering at a local hospital," said QCPD officials. "We appreciate all of you who reached out to help and provided tips in this case."
Based on evidence left behind at the scene, investigators were looking for a newer dark-colored SUV, possibly a Kia Telluride, with damage on the front passenger headlight and tire area. Anyone with any information was being asked to contact QCPD's non-emergency number at 480-358-3500 or the Pinal County Vehicular Crimes Unit at 520-866-5111.
Queen Creek Police Chief Randy Brice told the Queen Creek Sun Times Tuesday he's proud of his patrol officers and all they've done in the community after the department just celebrated its one-year anniversary of going live across town.
"Our officers found him (pedestrian victim) wandering down the road and I think that's why he's still alive today, because our officers are always trying to find ways to help the community," Brice said. "The backbone of this department is patrol."