MCSO: Teens involved in rollover crash after fleeing from Gilbert police

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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a car full of teens was involved in a rollover accident after fleeing from Gilbert police early Saturday morning. 

According to Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, the Gilbert Police Department had responded to a call for criminal damage at about 4:45 a.m. where teenagers were reportedly doing donuts in a park and causing damage to the splash pad area and landscaping near Higley and Queen Creek roads. 

Enriquez said Gilbert PD tried to stop the red BMW but the driver, identified as 18-year-old Brandon Cornett, fled. Gilbert officers did not pursue the vehicle. 

About 10 minutes later, at 4:55 a.m., MCSO received a call for a rollover accident near Power Road and Santan Loop 202

Enriquez said investigators determined that the vehicle that rolled was the same vehicle that fled from Gilbert PD.

According to MCSO, the BMW was driving northbound on Power Road at a high speed and ran a red light at the intersection at San Tan Loop 202. 

As the BMW entered the intersection, witnesses said it clipped a blue Hyundai that was making a left turn onto Power Road, causing the BMW car to rollover, ejecting all five teen passengers.

The passengers were taken to the hospital for their injuries. Three of the passengers have been released, and one is still in very serious condition.

Cornett is also still in the hospital in serious condition. The teen passengers are all under age 18 and their identities will not be released. 

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as 26-year-old Zachary Espinoza also suffered minor injuries. 

Enriquez said vials of THC oil were found at the scene. Impairment is suspected but will be verified through blood testing. 

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