The scenario was a recipe for disaster: A suspect firing shots from a stolen vehicle at other motorists before leading authorities on a high speed chase and then ditching the truck and fleeing into a neighborhood full of children just getting out of school.
Luckily, the only person injured during Tuesday's chase was the driver of the stolen truck, who was bitten by a K-9 that located him following a brief manhunt.
"This was a situation that could have been very bad, but it turned out well," said Sheriff Tom Sheahan.
The driver of the truck, Charles William Hradisky, 35, and his passenger, Thomas Ray Combs, 55, were both jailed on multiple felonies following the chase, which began around 3:30 p.m. when an automotive employee noticed a truck on the road that matched the description of one stolen from his work.
The employee called authorities and began to follow the truck as it drove through a Butler neighborhood. A second person called 911 to report the same truck driving erratically through a school zone at Cerbat Elementary School and also began to follow the vehicle.
The stolen truck proceeded down Bank Street, onto Calle Alamo and toward Stockton Hill Road. The driver of the truck then reportedly began to shoot at the vehicles following him as the chase wound through the area around Stockton Hill Road and Jordan Ranch Road.
Although Sheahan cautioned against individuals following suspects on their own, he said the callers were instrumental to the pursuit.
"They kept in constant contact via cell phone and the dispatchers did a great job in relaying information to deputies on the street," he said.
Sheriff's units caught up with the stolen truck near the Arizona Game and Fish Office in the 5300 block of Stockton Hill Road and began to chase the vehicle through the Bull Mountain area. According to radio traffic during the chase, the truck reached speeds of close to 75 to 80 miles per hour.
The driver began to slow down after turning onto Potter Avenue and reportedly threw a gun to the ground before jumping from the truck as it was still moving.
Deputies arrested Combs, who stayed in the truck.
They then frantically set up a perimeter with the assistance of Kingman Police Department - just as children began being let off of school buses began flooding the streets.
Sheahan said the Sheriff's Office was coincidentally conducting range training Tuesday and that there were also a number of Bullhead City units in Kingman who also responded to the scene.
"Everybody handled the situation in an exemplary manner," Sheahan said. "We appreciate the help from KPD. The residents in the area were very helpful and very cooperative."
A deputy and his K-9 located Hradisky in a garage/workshop in the 1300 block of Potter Avenue about an hour into the search. He was reportedly bit in the shoulder by the dog.
Hradisky is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of means of transportation, disorderly conduct with a weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor, unlawful flight from law enforcement and possession of stolen property, all felonies.
Combs is charged with unlawful use of means of transportation and possession of stolen property.
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