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Car chase across Phoenix ends in rollover crash, injuring 6

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PHOENIX — Six people in a stolen SUV trying to outrun authorities were injured in a rollover crash early Tuesday in north Phoenix.

The wreck at Seventh Street and Deer Valley Road shut down the intersection in both directions around 1 a.m.

The driver and a woman passenger, who were ejected from the car, were taken to John C. Lincoln North Hospital in critical condition.

The six — three men and three women — ranged in age from about 15 to 25.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Kameron Lee said the chase began near 19th Avenue and Baseline Road, when police tried to pull over a blue SUV that had been reported stolen.

The young man driving sped away but a police helicopter followed the group on streets and onto Interstate 17 North.

State troopers took over pursuit and tried to get the SUV to stop at the Thunderbird Road exit but the driver kept going, getting off the freeway at Pinnacle Peak Road.

The driver then turned off the lights, hoping to lose the helicopter that was still tracking it.

Instead, he lost control of the vehicle at Seventh Street.

The other passengers were treated at the scene, suffering minor injuries.

The street was shut down between Pinnacle Peak and Deer Valley roads.

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