SANTA FE, NM--A group of teenage girls led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Santa Fe last Friday night, running red lights, speeding through parking lots and construction zones.
Santa Fe Police Capt. Gerald Rivera said a Santa Fe mother called police Friday evening and reported her daughter, 14, missing. Then she told police her SUV was also gone.
An officer spotted the vehicle at a McDonalds on St. Francis Drive. Police said when the officer tried to pull the teen over she sped off.
“She tried to stop her and she just took off from her,” Captain Gerald Rivera said.
Police said the teen blew through several intersections and a Kmart parking lot before more officers were called out.
A handful of officers were hot on her tail. Still, police said the teen cut through traffic nearly missing cars in her way and almost plowed into another SUV as she ran a red light.
As rush hour traffic began to back up, police said the teenager drove into the turning lane and picked up speed.
“Airport Road gets real busy,” Rivera said.
State Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff's Deputies were called out half way through the chase to block major intersections. That increased the number of officers to 15.
More than half way through the chase the teen girl headed north on Highway 599. An officer tried cutting her off, but instead of stopping she crossed the median of the highway and led the chase into on-coming traffic.
Luckily, police had blocked off traffic before she made this move. The teen sped right through that block and dodged another road block minutes later by cutting through a construction site.
Police said the third spike strip laid out finally slowed her down after one her tires was punctured.
Police said the teen lost control in the last turn. Police then quickly blocked her with their cruisers before she could get away.
The driver, 14, and her passengers, 17 and 15 were all arrested.
The young, unlicensed driver was charged with aggravated fleeing from an officer, aggravated assault, reckless driving, driving without a driver's license and leaving the scene of an accident.
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