By Laura Ingalls
Arizona Daily Wildcat
An intoxicated man was arrested for child abuse Tuesday after taking his girlfriend's children and another man on a high speed car chase from police.
The children, ages 11 and 5, showed no visible signs of injury.
Police are seeking charges of child abuse, unlawful flight from law enforcement and shoplifting against Thomas C. Mulvey, 24, of the 1400 block of East Ninth Street. An adult passenger, Mark S. Long, 26, address unavailable, also was arrested on a prior warrant.
Police identified Mulvey's car as one involved in a theft late Monday in which Mulvey reportedly stole a 12-pack of beer from a convenience store near campus.
When police attempted to stop Mulvey's vehicle at East Cherry Avenue and North Speedway Boulevard, Mulvey slowed down then suddenly accelerated to an estimated maximum speed of 70 mph. Police finally stopped the car when it reached a dead end near a fraternity house.
Mulvey told police he fled because he was driving drunk and did not want to get arrested. Police found a partially empty pack of beer behind the seat.
The male child, 11, told police he was with Mulvey when he stole the beer. The child also told police he and his 5-year-old sister told Mulvey two times to stop for the police.
Mulvey was later found to have an illegal blood alcohol content.
About $725 in stereo equipment was stolen Thursday from a truck in a University parking lot near North Mountain Avenue and East Helen Street.
An unknown person took a compact disc player and a case of several compact discs from the truck by breaking the driver's side window with a pry tool, then using an unknown object to open the lock.
A $500 computer chip was stolen from the Student Publications office in the Student Union.
An administrative associate told police someone took the Power Macintosh memory chip between 8 a.m. Sept. 9 and 4 p.m. Sept. 16.
Police have no suspects.
Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.
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