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Police: 3 teens dead after pursuit in San Tan Valley

TUCSON – The Pinal County Sherriff’s Office is investigating a crash that left three dead and one injured early Tuesday morning.

According to PCSO, deputies attempted to pull over a silver vehicle for expired registration and excessive speeding near Schnepf Road and Hash Knife Draw.

The driver did not pull over and sped away, a brief pursuit ensued. The driver soon lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a cement barricade.

Three male passengers, one 16-year-old and two 18-year-olds, were not wearing seatbelts and were pronounced dead at the scene. The 17-year-old driver was wearing a seatbelt and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Deputies found marijuana and other drugs, large amounts of cash, weapons including an AR-15, MP40 style submachine gun, a shotgun and two handguns inside the vehicle.

The driver admitted to being under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash.

The driver faces several charges including three counts of first-degree murder under the “felony murder” rule and felony flight.

The identities of the minors, the driver and the 16-year-old, will not be released.

Police will identify the other passengers as next of kin is notified.

 

Hector Ponce

Hector Ponce

Hector Ponce is a digital content producer at KVOA. Hector interned at KVOA in summer of 2016.
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