Friday, March 16, 2012

15-year-old faces eluding charge

Hailey police report high-speed chase in Woodside area


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A 15-year-old Bellevue boy faces multiple criminal charges, including one felony, for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the Woodside area of Hailey early Sunday evening.

Hailey police Lt. Steve England said the boy—whose name was not released—faces a felony charge of eluding police and misdemeanor charges of DUI, possession of marijuana and not having a driver's license.

England said the pursuit started shortly before 7 p.m. when the boy was spotted in a 1997 Mitsubishi Gallant northbound on Woodside Boulevard. England said an officer attempted to pull the boy over for speeding but the car pulled away.

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England said speeds approached 55 mph in the residential area of Woodside, both on the boulevard and on intersecting side streets. He said the chase finally ended when the youth crashed into a parked 1977 Ford F150 pickup on north Woodside Boulevard.

"After the crash, police were able to safely restrain the driver," England said.

He said the youth was not arrested but was instead turned over to the custody of his parents.

England said a petition was being prepared this week to have the youth charged with the four crimes in Blaine County Juvenile Court.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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