Teen Girl Killed After Panhandle Car Chase, Crash

By: Associated Press; Bryan Anderson
By: Associated Press; Bryan Anderson

Wausau,FL - It all started around 6:00 Friday morning at the Express Lane Gas Station in Panama City Beach. Police said Jalen Andrews, James Boatright, Dzesmion Teague, and Catrell Ford, 16 years old, in a stolen Chevy Malibu, tried to carjack an innocent driver.

"She (innocent driver) rolled up her windows, locked the doors, and drove around to the front of the store where she could get some help," said Panama City Beach Police Chief Robert Harding.

Minutes later, investigators said the four suspects drove to a Texaco Gas Station on Back Beach Road, stole a silver mustang, and headed north on Highway 77, leading Bay and Washington County Sheriff's Deputies on a chase.

They said Andrews and Ford, who were in the Malibu, lost control of the car and crashed into a ditch off 77. He was seriously hurt, Ford was killed.

"They wrecked that vehicle on what we call Carter Hill and Rodgers Road," said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock.

Meanwhile, as deputies continued to chase Boatright and Teague in the mustang, it too crashed and they said both Boatright and Teague tried to run. They captured Teague within minutes, but Boatright made his way into the woods.

"We called for the Bay County Sheriff Office's helicopter and we also lined the roads," said Haddock.

With the help of k-9 units, deputies said they arrested him within an hour and a half. And while the investigation continued Friday, the owner of the mustang said he's glad to have his car back and relieved the suspects were caught.

"There was one fatality, so that's bad. But I mean that's what happens when you're doing something you're not supposed to," said mustang owner Brian Burnett.

As of Friday afternoon, Teague and Boatright were in the Washington County Jail and Andrews was still at Bay Medical Center.

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Chipley, FL (AP) - One teenage girl is dead and three young
men have been arrested following a lengthy Panhandle car chase
involving many law enforcement agencies.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the incident started
early Friday on Panama City Beach when a woman reported an
attempted carjacking.

The suspects were then connected to the theft of another car
moments later at a convenience store.

Different law enforcement officers then chased the stolen car
and the suspects' original car.

One car crashed and the passenger, a 16-year-old female, was
killed. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was seriously injured.

The second car struck a Washington County Sheriff's Office
vehicle before crashing into another car. The 22-year-old driver
and 19-year-old passenger were arrested.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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