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Youths charged for fleeing, eluding police


After ignoring stop sign, juvenile leads police on a 29-mile chase



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January 09, 2008
ALMONT — Living life in the fast lane could have serious consequences for a pair of teens who led police on a high-speed chase shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5.

A 16-year-old male driver and his 17-year-old female passenger face felony charges of fleeing and eluding police after they went through a stop sign at the intersection of Howland and Tubspring roads.

When Almont Officer John Morse attempted to pull the 2003 Ford Taurus over, the unlicensed driver opted not to stop, continuing on at speeds that reportedly reached more than 100 mph.

Morse reported that the juvenile driver proceeded north on Howland, before turning east on Dryden Road, north on Glover Road, and east again onto M-21 into Emmett Township in St. Clair County.

At some point along M-21, Morse said the driver and his passenger, Tanya Marjorie Spencer of Imlay City, exchanged places behind the wheel. Shortly after, the female pulled the car over to the side of the road, near the corner of M-21 and M-19.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the incident, said Almont Police Chief Pat Nael.

"I think it's a matter of a young kid making a bad choice," Nael said. "Actually it was two kids making bad choices."

Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh said because the male driver is a juvenile, he will go through the county's probate court system, with a preliminary hearing to take place at an unspecified date.

The juvenile reportedly had a Level 1 restricted license, which requires that he be accompanied by someone age 21 or older.

Konschuh said albeit briefly, Spencer faces the additional charge of driving on a suspended license.

"I don't know what they were thinking," said Konschuh, who added that fleeing and eluding carries a possible sentence of two years in jail. "The whole thing sounds very dangerous."

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