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Troopers: Teen led chase in stolen car

Posted February 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— A 14-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger led authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate 40 Monday morning, ending with a wreck at the U.S. Highway 70 exit, state troopers said.

I-40 wreck Sky 5 coverage of wreck after chase

Alisa Welty, 16, of Clayton, and the younger girl – whose name was not released due to her age – met Monday while staying at a den mother's house in Johnston County, troopers said. The woman, whose name was not released, was to watch the girls for the day as part of the Alternative Life program, out of Durham.

One of the girls quickly stole the keys to the woman's gold Toyota Corolla, and both took off in it, troopers said.

They drove to Raleigh, and a Wake County sheriff's deputy noticed the 14-year-old driving recklessly on South Saunders Street around 11 a.m. The Toyota had been reported as stolen.

The deputy activated his lights and tried to pull them, but the 14-year-old drove over the median and started towards Garner. The deputy lost sight of them, but other deputies picked the chase again on I-40, near U.S. 70.

The car was traveling at about 100 mph on the exit ramp from eastbound I-40 onto U.S. 70 when the driver lost control, and the car went over a guard rail and into some trees, authorities said.

Both teens suffered wounds serious enough for them to be taken to WakeMed's trauma unit, but they were both expected to be OK, troopers said.

Both girls were charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. The driver was also charged with driving without a license, reckless driving, going 100 in a 65-mph zone and felony attempt to elude arrest.

Traffic on U.S. 70 was reduced to one lane in the area until about 12:30 p.m. while authorities investigated the case and removed the car.

Welty was being cared for by a foster mother in Durham, and the 14-year-old has been in and out of foster-care system and has documented drug problems, troopers said. They met for the first time Monday.

Their den mother regularly watches troubled children on a day-to-day basis as needed, troopers said. Neither of the teens lived with her.


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  • kal Feb 3, 2009

    The fact they were more than likely in the custody of Durham County DSS says it all to me. They excuse way too much behavior from their foster children. Climbing out windows at night to meet men and have sex a worker eplained as "typical teenage behavior." NOT where I am concerned!

  • ccs1920 Feb 2, 2009

    doggie/ From reading your comment it sounds like maybe the police have had to chase you in the past.

  • Timbo Feb 2, 2009

    "But, research shows that the frontal lobe continues to develop into the early 20s. "

    I heard that too, Mizzzeta. I wonder what the evolutionary advantage of the latency is? Or does it explain why men's sexual peak is 17? Peak early, but die young. ;^)

    "So, if you get cut off by a cop chasing a rapist on your way to a movie, keep your disdain to a min."

    No disdain, just wondering about safety.

  • ccacrabbitdog Feb 2, 2009

    srhordes4,,,what i bet u'd b whining if they hit u or your family and u found out the police didn't stop them because the ran.....ignorance is blis

  • grayboomerang Feb 2, 2009

    "Some of you people are pretty hard on the two teens without knowing all the facts, not saying what they did was right, but come on, IF they didn't survive, you would be posting more heartfelt comments. Did any of you ever do anything totally STUPID before? Anything you want to share with the public?"

    Oh really? And just how would you have felt if those poor girls had killed your spouse, child, parent, relative in a 100 mile chase from the police.

    Yes, we all did stupid things as kids...but I can say that I was never involved in a high speed chase with the police. That's criminal, not stupid

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 2, 2009

    doggie, what profession are you in so I can offer my suggestions to where you work?

  • MizzZeta Feb 2, 2009

    Well, timbo, those hormones are going crazy too! But, research shows that the frontal lobe continues to develop into the early 20s. Because that's the area that's responsible for maturation and rational decision-making, teens have it hard! They're longing to be treated like an adult but have noticeable trouble behaving like one.

  • nccrew Feb 2, 2009

    Regarding the speed law, police, ambulance, and fire vehicles are not required to use lights and siren if they need to exceed the speed law. There are cases in which these units need to get on scene quickly without blaring it to the world. For ambulances, cardiac patients often suffer adversely when exposed to loud blaring noises...For police, try catching a burglar when he hears you coming from 3 miles away. Fire trucks, well I don't know why they would need to speed without sirens, but legally they can.
    Chases are dangerous, no doubt, but tell me how you catch an offender if you are not able to over come the resistance the put forth? Such as fighting or fleeing in a car. Last time I checked the police don't just take the willing to jail.
    On a more sarcastic note…For police and medics, the roadways are their office, that’s their domain, for which they MUST work in. So, if you get cut off by a cop chasing a rapist on your way to a movie, keep your disdain to a min.

  • Timbo Feb 2, 2009

    It's very unusual that it's girls doing this stuff. I've always thought it was testosterone that caused me to be ate up with stupid when I was a teen.

  • MizzZeta Feb 2, 2009

    My goodness! Is there anyway to speed up the development of that frontal lobe?? I guess not...until then, teenagers will continue to take risks and engage in not-so-smart behavior. In fact, I think there's some adults walking around with a still-developing frontal lobe...LOL!