Police arrest Sahuarita hit-and-run, stolen vehicle suspect

SAHUARITA, Ariz. - Sahuarita police arrested the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run Thursday morning at 6:24 a.m. in the 500 block of East Camino Del Abeto.

According to Sahuarita Police, a border patrol agent saw a gray 1998 Toyota pickup truck drive through a stop sign and lose control. The truck went off the road and almost hit the border patrol agent's car.

The truck continued northbound and collided with a four-door sedan at the intersection of Camino Rancheria and Rancho Sahuarita Blvd. The border patrol agent said one of the drivers fled the scene.

Officers tracked down the man in the 500 block of East Camino Del Abeto after getting reports of the man trespassing in a backyard. He was injured in the wreck and is being treated at the hospital.

The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Pedro Padilla.

No one else was injured in the wreck.

At 7:46 a.m., Sahuarita Police got a report of a stolen vehicle which was determined to be the same truck Padilla is suspected of driving at the time of the crash.

Padilla was interviewed by detectives and booked into the Pima County Jail for one count of Theft of Means of Transportation, one count of failure to stop at a vehicle accident, four counts of third-degree criminal trespass, one count of aggravated assault felony, and one count of threats and intimidation.

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