Four Teens Arrested After High Speed Chase Near Purcell

Wednesday, July 20th 2016, 7:15 pm

Four teens are in a heap of trouble after leading police on a high speed chase that reached about 100 mph. 

Police in Purcell got the 911 call Wednesday morning around 7:30, about a car full of teens driving erratically.

"They said it was full of juveniles or young adults. They were hanging out the windows screaming at people add flipping people off,” said Detective Scott Stephens with the Purcell Police Department.

So, police tried to stop the car.

"When he turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated and took off,” Stephens said.

According to police, the car hit speeds of more than 100 mph as the 16-year-old driver risked lives to try to escape.

"They were swerving into oncoming traffic, trying to hit oncoming traffic,” Stephens said. “They were topping hills in the center of the road."

Eventually, police forced the car off the road. 

An officer suffered minor injuries when he ditched his car. And one of the teens bolted.

"When they stopped, one of the juveniles bailed out of the car and tried to run away. But because of all the dust from the gravel road, he ran into one of our patrol cars" Stephens explained.

Inside the teens’ car, police found beer and air soft guns stolen from a local Walmart. The driver is in juvenile custody charged with DUI and possession of stolen property. Police believe he was driving his parent’s car. 

Two other juveniles were released to their parents’ custody. And 19-year-old passenger Jessie Stroud is in county lock up charged as an adult.

“It could've been a whole lot worse. We're glad that nobody got seriously injured," said Stephens.