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Teen charged in stolen car chase in jail

Posted February 6, 2009 8:38 p.m. EST
Updated February 7, 2009 7:02 a.m. EST

— A 16-year-old girl involved in a high-speed chase on Interstate 40 Monday morning has gone from the hospital to jail.

Alisa Welty, of Clayton, and the 14-year-old driver were each charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. The 14-year-old, whose name was not released due to her age, was also charged with driving without a license, reckless driving, going 100 in a 65-mph zone and felony attempt to elude arrest.

Welty remained at Wake County Jail Friday night under an $18,000 bond. Her first court date was set for Feb. 9.

Welty and the 14-year-old met Monday while staying at a den mother's house in Johnston County, troopers said.

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

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, troopers said.