16-Year-Old Leads Deputies on High-Speed Chase to Avoid More Trouble

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    A speeding 16-year-old driver eluded police for more than 30 miles Wednesday night to avoid getting his second ticket in about a week, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

    A deputy was driving on Courthouse Road in the Bloomsbury subdivision area at about 11:15 p.m. when he crossed paths with a car heading in the opposite direction at 82 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy caught up to the speeding car, which accelerated and started abruptly changing lanes, so the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop.

    The suspect driver responded by speeding up again and running several red lights, according to the sheriff’s office. During the pursuit, the suspect driver almost drove into oncoming deputies’ vehicles several times.

    After 31.2 miles, deputies stopped the vehicle by deflating its tires with spike strips, the sheriff’s office said.

    That’s when the pursuing deputy learned the suspect was a 16-year-old boy, according to the sheriff’s office. He told the deputy he tried to get away because he’d received a ticket the week before and was afraid of getting in more trouble.

    The teen was taken to the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center.