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Florida girl, 11, arrested on DUI charge after high-speed chase

The Associated Press
July 6, 2007


ORANGE BEACH, ALA. - An 11-year-old Florida girl has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after she led police in this Alabama beach resort on a high-speed chase.

Greg Duck, assistant police chief in Orange Beach, said the Tuesday night chase -- which was caught on a dash camera in a police cruiser -- started at about 10:30 p.m. in Orange Beach near the Florida line. It ended just inside the Gulf Shores city limits when the girl crashed and rolled the Chevy Monte Carlo she was driving.

Duck said the chase began when a patrol officer saw the car speeding west along Alabama 182. When the officer turned on his lights to pull the car over, it sped up.

Police say the car sideswiped another vehicle during the chase, which reached speeds of more than 100 mph. Investigators say the girl was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. She was treated for minor injuries and released.

The girl is from Perdido Key, Fla., and was vacationing in the area with family members who owned the car. Her name was not released because of her age.

Duck told Mobile television station WPMI that the girl told police she was on her way to pick up her sister at a concert in Orange Beach.

Duck declined to release the child's blood-alcohol content. He said there was no alcohol in the vehicle and police were not immediately sure where she could have obtained it.

The case has been handed over to the Baldwin County Juvenile Court for prosecution. Along with the DUI charge, the girl faces charges of speeding, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment, Duck said.

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