Runaway Pleasant Hill Teen Leads Police on 102 Mile-Per-Hour Chase

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Pleasant Hill runaway led police on a chase through three metro cities in a stolen truck early Friday morning.

Des Moines police say an officer located the truck, which had been reported stolen out of Wapello, just after 1:00 a.m. and followed the driver. After another squad car arrived and when the officer tried to pull the truck over the driver took off east on University Avenue toward Pleasant Hill.

Stop sticks were deployed at Winegardner and University, which deflated the front passenger tire.

The chase continued on to Highway 65 at 80 miles per hour and Pleasant Hill police took over the pursuit before the Iowa State Patrol arrived. The driver got on to I-80 heading eastbound and the ISP says she was going 102 miles per hour.

The truck wrecked into the guard rail around the 143 mile marker. Altoona police officers say the driver, a 17-year-old female, was talking to them and complaining of hip pain and ear pain when they reached the truck.

According to police she said she didn’t stop for officers because she didn’t want to get locked-up, and admitted the wreck was intentional – that she was trying to kill herself.

The teen was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Police say the teen may face charges in connection with the chase.