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14-year-old girl caught after 100-mile high-speed chase

4:54 PM, Aug 10, 2010   |    comments
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A spokesperson with the Colorado 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.

"We made the decision to call off the chase around Byers for the safety of our officers and the public due to the unsafe speeds the suspect was driving and the amount of traffic on the interstate," Heather Cobbler, public information officer for the Colorado State Patrol, said.

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.

"Once the suspect pulled over she refused to get out of the car and would not let officers in, as a result her window had to be broken," Cobbler said.

The teen was reported missing around midnight the night before and the car was reported stolen from Westminster at the same time.

"We are extremely fortunate in this case that there was not a crash that occurred... officers made the right call for the safety of everyone and thankfully no one was injured," Cobbler said.

Another motorist on eastbound I-70 also hit the stop sticks, but she was not injured.

The teen is now facing charges of eluding, speeding and theft. Her name was not released.

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