Police say a man fleeing sheriff's deputies in a stolen car drove into a pond in Florida, killing himself and two passengers.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the driver apparently missed a sharp turn near a cemetery and went into the water near St. Petersburg early Thursday.

Gualtieri says a deputy spotted the car driving without headlights and tried to stop it. The driver fled, eventually running a red light.

The sheriff says the pond's water was so murky that police could not find the car. He said the vehicle was like a "death chamber," with its windows rolled up and doors closed. Divers later found it in 15 feet of water.

Gualtieri says police aren't releasing the names of the driver or passengers until they notify their families.