A 16-year-old male faces a host of charges, including DUI drugs, after he allegedly led police on a harrowing high speed chase through downtown Madison before he slammed the vehicle into an East Avenue residence.
According to Madison Police Department reports, an officer allegedly observed a 1992 Buick LeSabre blow through a stop sign on Carmichael Drive “at a high rate of speed” at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22. Reports state that the officer pulled out and began to follow the LeSabre north on Eatonton Road and initiated a traffic stop near the Budget Inn. The LeSabre, reports state, traveled at approximately 30 mph but did not yield to the emergency lights.
In the area of Foster Street, the LeSabre accelerated to 90 mph and, reports state, hit speeds of 105 mph while driving “extremely outrageously reckless” north on Main Street.
A second officer was able to position his patrol vehicle next to the LeSabre on North Main Street, causing the vehicle to turn on College Drive.
The LeSabre attempted to turn right onto East Avenue, lost control and slammed into the side of a residence. Reports state that after the crash, two officers allegedly observed the driver jump from the driver’s seat and into a back passenger seat of the vehicle. A 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle was held at gunpoint while the alleged driver was removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs.
The teen faces two charges of failure to stop at stop sign, reckless driving, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, felony damage to property, no seatbelt, DUI drugs and speeding.