SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Officials with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office say three people, including two 18-year-olds and a 16-year-old, died in a crash that followed a high-speed pursuit late Tuesday morning near the San Tan Valley area.
According to the statement, a PCSO deputy attempted a traffic stop just before 11:00 a.m. on a silver car for an expired temporary car registration and excessive speed near Schnepf Road and Hash Knife Draw. The driver did not pull over, and took off at a high rate of speed. During a very brief pursuit, the car was traveling very fast, and before the deputy could catch up, the driver lost control and crashed into a cement barricade along Schnepf Road, between Ocotillo Road and Combs.
The driver, identified by PCSO as 17-year-old Juan Sanchez, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The three who died, identified as 18-year-olds Amonte Deshawn Jones of Mesa and Chase James Bulmahn of San Tan Valley and a 16-year-old, were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident and were pronounced dead at the scene.
During a subsequent investigation, PCSO officials say its deputies found marijuana and dangerous drugs in the car, as well as a large amount of cash and several weapons, including an AR-15, an MP40-style submachine gun, a shotgun, and two handguns.
Sanchez, according to officials, later admitted to being under the influence of marijuana. He is facing several charges, including three counts of first-degree murder under the "felony murder" rule, and felony flight.
The identity of the 16-year-old victim will not be released because he is a minor.