The search began after a police sergeant saw a car making donuts in a private parking lot around 10pm local time, Houston police chief Yasar Bashir told reporters.
When the car went to Fairdale Lane, the sergeant turned on his emergency lights to stop traffic, according to Bashir. “The car ran at a very high speed.”
Bhashir said the sergeant saw a car hit three people who worked as selets for a local business. The car stopped in a ditch. The car appeared to be traveling at 60 mph when it crashed.
The three wards were pronounced dead at the scene, Bashir said.
The driver and a passenger were taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Bashir.
Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney General, said his office and Houston police were checking dash camera images.
“We’re out here because one person thought they didn’t want to get a ticket or they might go to jail for a mistake,” Teare said.
He added, referring to the victims, “We’re talking about three people out there working.”
They complained that the detectives were checking to see if the driver was disabled.
The driver is likely to face up to three counts of murder, Teare said.