Troopers say 14-year-old driver led them on high-speed chase

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Five teenagers are in police custody after troopers say a 14-year-old female driver led them on a high-speed chase through southern Utah on Sunday evening.

Troopers got a call about a vehicle speeding and driving recklessly on I-15, and Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said the license plate matched a 2008 Infiniti that had been reported stolen in Colorado.

The driver refused to stop for troopers, said Royce, and started a chase that reached speeds of 120 miles per hour. He said the driver was weaving in and out of traffic.

The driver took an exit near the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center but was going too quickly to make a successful turn.

"She was just going way too fast and wound up sliding off the road and wrecking into a sign," said Royce.

The teenagers tried to run away, but a trooper was able to arrest the driver and one passenger. The other three ran back up the highway, but they were captured with help from the Iron County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, said Royce.

He said the car was totaled.

The four passengers were males ranging from 13 to 15 years old, all from the Denver area, according to Royce.

The teens were taken to a juvenile detention facility in Cedar City. They are facing felony charges.

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