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Suspects in custody after stolen car crashes 200 feet down Phoenix ravine

Police said the suspects were transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

PHOENIX — Two people are in custody after a police chase led to a stolen vehicle going over a 200-foot cliff Tuesday night. 

Tempe police said around 8:15 p.m., officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle near 40th Street and University Drive.

Police said during the traffic stop, the stolen car struck a police vehicle and took off. 

Tempe police said officers initiated a short pursuit but eventually terminated the chase due to the suspect driving erratically and at a high rate of speed. 

Just before the pursuit was terminated, the stolen vehicle was seen near an industrial area near Interstate 10 and the Salt River. Police said while patrolling the area, the stolen vehicle was spotted in a nearby ravine. 

Tempe police said officers safely took one of the suspected car thieves into custody in the ravine. Police said due to the terrain, the Phoenix Fire Department was called in to extricate another suspect, who was also taken into police custody. 

Police said the suspects were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. 

No officers were injured during the incident.

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