SPINDALE — Four people were critically injured early Sunday morning in a single-car crash that was fleeing law enforcement at an estimated speed of 100 miles per hour.

Three of the four were ejected from the wreckage, two needing to be airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. The other two occupants were taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to trooper Joshua Henderson of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The 5 a.m. crash on Poors Ford Road, near Oakland Road, involved a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The driver of the car ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole, Henderson said.

On Monday Henderson declined to identify the driver and the other wreck victims, all reportedly from Shelby, pending further investigation.

Prior to the crash, the driver of the Impala refused to heed a traffic stop in Polk County, instead opting to flee authorities, which led to a high-speed chase. The chase ended when the car crashed in Rutherford County.