State Patrol: Drunk 14-year-old leads trooper on chase before Cordata crash

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 3, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A 14-year-old boy suspected of drinking and driving was taken into custody after a short car chase ended with a crash in Cordata neighborhood early Wednesday morning, July 3, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The boy was allegedly driving a 2009 Pontiac south on Guide Meridian at about 6:40 a.m. when a trooper noticed that the car was weaving and going 20 miles per hour under the 50 mph speed limit, said Trooper Keith Leary.

When the trooper turned on his lights, the car sped up and turned right onto Tremont Avenue before eventually entering the Larkin Place apartment complex on Meadowbrook Court. Once in the parking lot, the Pontiac crashed into four cars before coming to a stop.

Although the chase was less than one mile, speeds reached 60 mph in a 25 mph zone, Leary said.

Also in the car were two 12-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 53-year-old man. Leary described all but one 12-year-old as extremely intoxicated.

The 14-year-old was processed for driving under the influence and was booked into juvenile detention for suspicion of driving under the influence, eluding and taking a motor vehicle without the owner's permission.

Two of the young passengers were taken to St. Joseph hospital for alcohol observation, Leary said.

The incident is still under investigation; more charges are possible.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com or call 756-2803.

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