Anthony Robert Dose, 26, has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2010 police chase that culminated in a fatal crash, AZfamily.com reports. He will not be eligible for parole or early release.
On the night of October 27, 2010, police noticed Dose driving at over 100 mph on U.S. 60. When police tried to stop him, Dose attempted to flee. He was high on methamphetamine at the time of the incident.
For safety reasons, police officers declined to chase Dose on the streets. Instead, they called in the Mesa police helicopter to follow the man, as he continued to speed down the highway. Dose drove directly toward oncoming patrol cars at two separate times.
After exiting U.S. 60, he continued on to the 202 Red Mountain Freeway at around 120 mph. He turned to avoid a cluster of vehicles, hitting a car driven by Michelle Pagano head on. Pagano later died from her injuries.
Dose was indicted on one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of second-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement, and one count of endangerment. He pleaded guilty to all counts.
Most states, including Arizona, have DUI laws that cover intoxication not only by alcohol but also drugs. Under Arizona’s DUI law, it’s illegal for a person to drive “while under the influence of…drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.” This means that if a person’s driving abilities are impaired by even over-the-counter or prescribed drugs he may be charged with DUI.
Anthony Robert Dose’s criminal history prior to the fatal police chase included drug, burglary, and car theft charges.
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