Girl, 15, crashes after leading troopers on chase

Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.

A 15-year-old reported runaway accused of stealing a rental car in Marianna led authorities on a reckless chase in Columbia County before she was caught by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper Friday morning, according to a press release.

The Marianna girl was treated for minor injuries that she received when she drove a 2014 Toyota Camry into mailboxes and a culvert before overturning on State Road 47 north of Lunsford Road, FHP stated in a press release.

At about 10:14 a.m., a police bulletin was issued regarding the stolen Camry and the driver. Troopers spotted the car heading south on Interstate 75 south of Lake City at about 10:37 a.m. Troopers tried to stop the girl as she was pulling off I-75 at SR 47, the press release states.

The girl kept going, followed by three troopers. FHP reported the girl was “extremely reckless, passing numerous cars at a high rate of speed.”

She drove onto the right shoulder to pass traffic but hit the mailboxes and culvert before overturning. FHP said she was wearing her seatbelt and was conscious at the scene. The girl was taken to Lake City Medical Center for treatment and then to the Columbia County Jail.

The release states she was charged with fleeing and eluding troopers, reckless driving, driving without a license and grand theft.

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