SAN TAN VALLEY (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said three teenagers are dead and another is under arrest after a pursuit ended in a crash Tuesday morning.
Investigators said the pursuit started around 11 a.m. after deputies attempted a traffic stop on the car, which had an expired temporary vehicle registration and was speeding near Schnepf and Hash Knife Draw roads in San Tan Valley.
The driver, identified as 17-year-old Juan Sanchez, somehow lost control of the car and crashed into a cement barricade in the area of Schnepf and Ocotillo roads, about 3 miles north of where deputies first spotted the car.
Three teens, a 16-year-old boy and two 18-year-old men, identified as Amonte Jones and Chase Bulmahn, were pronounced dead at the crash scene. They were not wearing seat belts, PCSO said.
Sanchez, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Investigators said they found several kinds of drugs and weapons in the car, including an AR-15, an MP40-style submachine gun, a shotgun and two handguns.
Sanchez later admitted to being high on marijuana at the time of the crash, PCSO said. He faces several charges including three counts of first-degree murder and felony flight.
The name of the 16-year-old passenger was not released.
Sanchez is being held in the Pinal County Adult Detention facility.