Teen steals car, gas, leads cops on 100-mile high-speed chase

11 Aug

A teenage girl was taken into custody Tuesday morning after leading the Colorado State Patrol on a nearly 100-mile chase, which exceeded more than 100 mph at times.

A spokesperson with the State Patrol says the incident started at 6:57 a.m. when the teen allegedly failed to pay for $35.05 in gasoline at a gas station in Arriba, which is about 20 miles east of Limon.

A trooper with the State Patrol spotted the car on westbound Interstate 70 and followed her green Grand Am onto I-70 towards the metro area. The State Patrol was forced to call off the chase before reaching Byers because the suspect was driving more than 100 mph and the volume of traffic on the highway was increasing.

The State Patrol requested the help of the Aurora Police Department, which set up “stop sticks” near I-70 and Tower Road, puncturing all four of the vehicle’s tires. The car came to a stop a short distance later near I-70 and Pena Boulevard at 7:55 a.m.

Another motorist on eastbound I-70 also hit the stop sticks, but the State Patrol says there were no injuries or accidents at the end of the chase.

The teen’s identity, or the charges she will face, were not immediately known. The State Patrol says the car she was driving was stolen from Westminster.


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