3 dead, 1 arrested after car crashes while fleeing deputy

Published 02-20-2019

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say three passengers are dead and the driver has been arrested after a pursuit ended with a crash southeast of the Phoenix area.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says a deputy tried to stop a car that had an expired registration and was speeding in San Tan Valley on Tuesday morning.

The car pulled away at a high speed. The driver later lost control, and the car crashed into a concrete barrier.

A 16-year-old boy and two 18-year-old men were killed in the crash. They were not wearing seat belts.

The sheriff's office says the 17-year-old driver, who sustained minor injuries, faces three counts of first-degree murder.

Authorities have not released the names of the driver and passengers.

Investigators say they found drugs and several guns inside the car.

Investigators say they found drugs and several guns inside the car.

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