PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Just before 1 a.m., Phoenix police tried to stop a vehicle reported stolen and when they approached it, the blue Hyundai Santa Fe took off onto northbound Interstate 17.
"They waited for their helicopter to get overhead before they attempted that traffic stop," said Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Kameron Lee. "They anticipated that vehicle may flee because it was reported stolen."
The officers then teamed up with DPS and communicated with their helicopter. As the car failed to stop for troopers on I-17, the driver then headed eastbound on Pinnacle Peak.
"At some point on Pinnacle Peak, (the driver) actually turned out all the lights on his vehicle and kept traveling... we didn't have a visual of the vehicle anymore," Lee said.
That's when DPS decided to back off the car and let the Phoenix Firebird track the driver from the air, in order to not endanger troopers or other on the road. That's when DPS says the driver lost control on Seventh Street near Deer Valley.
"When we arrived on scene, we found a total of six occupants of that vehicle," Lee said. "Two of them had been ejected, the other four are going to be OK."
The male driver and a female passenger were last listed in extremely critical condition. Officers say they're working on finding out what led up to the crash and more about those involved.
"The age ranges are late-teens to early-20s," Lee said. "Some of those teens actually being juveniles, so that's where we are in this investigation."