Girl leads police on chase

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A 15-year-old girl led police on a chase through the streets of Hayden, damaging a police vehicle, a storage shed and a resident's yard.

The Hayden resident reportedly ran away from home Thursday night and stole her parents green 2000 Chevy Cavalier. At about 8:45 a.m. Friday, when the Hayden Police Department located her, she took the officers on a chase through the town's streets and alleys, reaching speeds of more than 60 mph.

The chase ended at 370 S. Poplar St., where the girl ran into a brick root cellar, Hayden Police Officer Darin Falk said.

The girl created close to $3,000 worth of damage to the police Ford Explorer, a building at Guardian Storage and Edgar F. McSweeney's yard on Poplar Street.

She totaled her parent's car, Falk said, and was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center because of the cuts and bruises she suffered from multiple crashes.

At about 6 a.m. Friday, the girl's parents called the police station to report that their daughter had run away at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. They said she returned home after 10:30 p.m. and took her parent's keys and vehicle.

As Falk was finishing the runaway juvenile report, another Hayden parent came into the police station concerned because she overhead a phone conversation between her 16-year-old daughter and the runaway girl.

The mother suspected that the girl had returned to Hayden to pick up her daughter that morning and that the two were going to run away and never return home, Falk said.

The mother said she had seen a car matching the description of the green Cavalier at Guardian Storage at 135 N. Fifth St.

Falk drove to the storage shed, saw the girl in the car and tried to block her in with his vehicle. The girl fled the scene and, in the process, hit Falk with the front of her car, crashed into a nearby storage unit and hit the front of his patrol vehicle, he said. Falk was not injured.

The girl then drove away on Fifth Street, turned down an alley to Third Street and onto Poplar Street. Falk and Hayden Police Officer Gordon Booco followed the girl to try to stop her.

The chase ended when the girl drove to a dead end on Poplar Street. When the girl came to a fence at the end of the road, Falk said, she swerved sideways instead of driving through the fence. At that point, she hit the front of Falk's police vehicle for the second time with the side of her car.

The girl drove onto McSweeney's yard, where she hit the brick root cellar, and the car came to a stop. She was found bleeding and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

From the hospital, the girl was taken to the Routt County Jail, where she meet with the Routt County Department of Human Resources to talk about juvenile placement.

The case was handed over to the Colorado State Patrol because it involved an accident with the Hayden Police Department.

The teen could face charges of menacing, eluding police officers and reckless driving, according to police reports.

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