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Chase ends in juvenile arrest

A 15-year-old male juvenile out of Castro County led law enforcement on a chase Sunday night that reached speeds of 100 mph. The juvenile burglarized a residence in Dimmitt where he stole a shotgun and a rifle plus ammunition, an ATV, and a Ford F350 pickup.

A Parmer County deputy spotted the pickup headed west on Highway 86 and a chase ensued. Sheriff Geries, other deputies, plus police from Friona and Bovina were alerted by radio of the chase. The pickup turned north on Hwy 60 at Hub headed to Friona. Sheriff Geries placed spike strips on the Hwy 214 overpass which eventually caused the right front tire to go flat.

The pickup went through the 5th St. and Grand intersection at a high rate of speed, rambled around on a few residential streets before heading back south on Highway 214. The pickup lost the wheel off the right front but the pickup continued at high speed running on the brake drum rim.

Geries said they did not know at the time who was driving the truck. Since there were weapons in the truck they were extra cautious. He said the pickup drove over 20 miles on the rim, often turning off his headlights then back on and traveled in the opposite lane of Hwy 214 at times. The pickup appeared to finally stop north of Clay's Corner but when law enforcement approached the pickup took off again into a wheat field. Deputies finally stopped the truck with a couple of maneuvers that caused damage to two Sheriffs' vehicles.

The juvenile was arrested and sent to the juvenile detention center in Lubbock. County Judge Trey Ellis said charges in the case would probably be filed in Dimmitt later.