Dave Putnam with the Kings County Sheriff's Department.
"We took a blood sample and sent it off to the lab.
If it comes back positive, we're going to request additional charges be filed."
The sample was taken of the driver's blood, Putnam
The Sheriff's Department is investigating the case of three Santa Rosa Rancheria teens who fled from a deputy at high speed Monday morning and ended up in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Lansing Avenue.
All three of the youths, ages 13 to 15, were taken to Community Regional Medical Center
in Fresno for treatment of their injuries.
said the teens are in critical, but stable, condition as of Tuesday morning.
Investigators at the scene of the 9:19 a.m. crash located several items within the wrecked Mercedes-Benz commonly associated with narcotics use.
It is unknown at this time if the driver or any of the passengers in the vehicle were under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
"The case needs to be reviewed before we can determine what charges will be filed," Putnam
said the blood test results may not come back for several weeks, meaning the case will remain in limbo for the time being while an investigation continues.
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