October 6, 1997 in Nation/World

Teen Arrested After High-Speed Chase

From Staff And Wire Reports

A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Coeur d’Alene early Sunday after a high-speed chase around Kootenai County. A deputy finally stopped the stolen car by driving into it.

Deputies booked the boy into jail on charges of armed robbery, grand-theft auto and felony eluding of police.

At about midnight Saturday, Heidi Ward of Rathdrum returned to her car after paying for gas at the Hayden Jifi Stop, but stopped short when she saw someone already behind the wheel. The intruder locked the door. Ward tried to open her door but the intruder pointed a semiautomatic handgun at her.

Ward ran back to the store; her 1993 Nissan Sentra sped away.

Five minutes later, a deputy spotted the car on Hayden Avenue, just east of Highway 41. Its headlights were off. The deputy shined a spotlight on the Nissan and its driver hit the gas. The chase led to Chase Road, then to Seltice Way, then east into Coeur d’Alene.

The Nissan headed south on Northwest Boulevard, its headlights flashing off and on. A sheriff’s department report said the driver was reckless.

The chase ended at Ninth and Locust, when the deputy drove into the Nissan. Both cars were slightly damaged, as was a car parked along Ninth. No injuries were reported. , DataTimes

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