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May-04-2013 14:03printcomments

14 Year Old Ruins Mom's Car Fleeing From Police

More than a dozen officers were involved in the pursuit.

Car used in pursuit, Woodburn, Oregon 5-4-13
Photos: Woodland Police

(WOODBURN) - During the early morning hours of May 4, 2013 Woodland Police Officer Brent Murray observed a small passenger car failing to stay inside the lane of travel, going over the fog line and clearly marked center line multiple times on Schurman Way in Woodland.

Murray tried to stop the possible drunk driver, who then attempted to elude by driving in a reckless manner which began northbound on Interstate 5 at milepost 22 and finally ended near milepost 48.

During the high speed pursuit, the driver, who was later identified as a 14-year old Woodland male, failed to stay within the lane of travel, swerving back and forth across all three lanes and at times onto the shoulder of the road.

The juvenile drove the vehicle at speeds up to approximately 115 miles per hour and continued to drive in a reckless manner even after driving over spike strips, which were deployed near milepost 35, causing both front tires to deflate.

Near milepost 40 the vehicle had no more tread on either of the front wheels and sparks were visible as the juvenile continued driving all over the roadway.


Near milepost 48, the wheels had been completely ground off and the vehicle came to a stop, unable to move any further. As police approached the vehicle, the juvenile continued to accelerate, trying to flee, however he was taken into custody.

The juvenile told police that out of boredom he decided to take his mothers car while she slept and go for a drive. When asked why he didn't stop for police, he claimed he wanted the "thrill". He admitted to having "three drinks" before taking the vehicle.

He was arrested for DUI and Attempt to Elude and booked into the Cowlitz County Juvenile Center. His breath test result was .062. He also admitted to having smoked marijuana before taking the car.

More than a dozen officers from Woodland Police, Kalama Police, Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, Kelso Police, Longview Police, and the Washington State Patrol were involved in the pursuit and with the deployment of the spike strips.

The tow truck driver said he has been towing cars for twenty years and he had never seen a car with the wheels and suspension ground down that far.

News Release from: Woodland Police

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bill May 4, 2013 6:43 pm (Pacific time)

first of all i heard the whole thing from the start,i can't say i am shocked but fed up with all this marijuana crap and kids getting away with as much as they do these days,if i had done some thing like that when i was that age beleieve me i would still not be able to sit down,if you get my meaning him and his parents both should do time behinde bars and pay all damages,foot the bill for all law enforcment involved and yes i do have a police scanner so i know what i'm saying.

"fed up with all this marijuana crap" - sounds more like a small coincidence in this story that pot was involved.

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