PHOENIX (KSAZ) - An overnight crash sent five teenagers to the hospital in Phoenix, and two people in the car have been detained in the crash.
The crash happened near Seventh Street and Baseline Road early Saturday at about 2:45 in the morning. Police were responding to a call for shots fired near 14th Street involving a black pickup truck. Officers say they came across a black pickup truck near Seventh St and East Carter Road and tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver would not comply. Police say that, while the helicopter was following the vehicle, the car stopped, the passenger and driver got out and switched places, and then the vehicle made a U-turn.
The driver crashed into a power pole and transformer after the vehicle turned around and began heading south on Seventh Street.
According to Phoenix Fire crews, two of the teenagers, an 18-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl, were both rushed to hospital with serious injuries. Three other teens were taken to the hospital in stable condition with minor injuries.
Phoenix Police say that alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Police say the original driver of the vehicle, just 15 years old, will be detained for felony flight from law enforcement, and the 19-year-old who took over the driver's seat is facing charges of aggravated DUI, aggravated assault, and four counts of endangerment and felony flight.
The intersection reopened on Saturday morning while utility crews worked to fix the power pole and transformer.