Man accused of driving Ford Mustang more than 150 mph before crash that killed 2
A man was taken into custody after police say he was speeding at over 150 miles per hour before he crashed and left his two passengers dead in Tempe, Arizona, over the weekend.
The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Derek Glasscock.
Just after 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Tempe police saw two cars street racing in the area of Rural Road and Terrace Road.
According to court documents, the cars were traveling over 100 mph in a 35 mph zone. Officers tried to stop one of the cars involved, a blue Ford Mustang, but it sped away.
Police did not attempt to chase the car, but moments later, officers saw a cloud of smoke rising into the air.
Police then found the same Mustang crashed into a power pole on the east side of Rural Road just south of Broadway. Documents say Glasscock was pinned in the driver’s seat and his two passengers had been ejected.
One passenger, 32-year-old Jesse Ruiz, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other, 31-year-old Maria Rangel, died later at a hospital.
According to court documents, Glasscock reportedly made statements to officers that he had been drinking and should not have been driving. Police noted that he was disoriented and had trouble remembering details from the evening.