West Valley City Police: 16-year-old girl in custody after fleeing in stolen vehicle

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, March 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Two juveniles were taken into custody Saturday night after fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle.

Lt. Justin Wyckoff, West Valley City Police Department, said an officer was checking around USANA Amphitheatre at about 10:30 p.m. when he noticed a suspicious vehicle.

It turned out that the vehicle had been stolen out of Salt Lake City.

The 16-year-old female driver of the car decided to take off and backed into the officer, Wyckoff told Gephardt Daily. She then fled at speeds around 60 miles an hour.

Officers went after the vehicle for a distance, but terminated the pursuit because of the speed and the teen’s erratic driving.

She eventually slowed down and started driving through subdivisions, taking a meandering route in an attempt to lose the police.

“Everyone ended up in Magna, in the parking lot at Smith’s,” Wyckoff said.

The passenger in the car, another teen girl, was taken into custody and was going to be released to her parents.

The 16-year-old driver was taken to detention, Wyckoff said. She was not being cooperative with police.

She is now facing multiple charges, including:

  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Fleeing
  • Open container
  • Possession of a controlled substance

Wyckoff said there were no injuries to officers or to the suspects.




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