Police say 15-year-old drove car in 110 mph chase

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A 15-year-old Iowa boy is accused of leading police on a chase that reached speeds of 110 miles per hour through Des Moines and Lee counties.

It started after a red Ford Taurus was allegedly stolen from a convenience store in Burlington, Iowa at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  Minutes after receiving the report, a Des Moines County deputy said he spotted the Taurus southbound on Highway 61 near Hunt Road. 

The driver allegedly sped away when the deputy tried to pull the Taurus over.

“By the time I made it to Old 61 and Hwy 61 the suspect vehicle was traveling an estimated 110 MPH,” the deputy’s report said.

The deputy followed the Taurus into Lee County south of Wever, where the Taurus driver reportedly was weaving in and out of cones and other vehicles through a construction area. 

The Taurus driver tried to turn onto northbound X-23 and spun out, putting the car into a ditch.  That’s when police said the two men in the Taurus got out and ran from the wrecked car.  They were both caught a short time later, and police said the men confessed to stealing the car.

Police said 15-year-old Demarius Johnson of Coralville, Iowa was driving the Taurus during the pursuit.  Johnson was arrested for interference with official acts, eluding a peace officer, no valid driver’s license, no insurance, excessive speed and reckless driving.

His passenger, 21-year-old Devon Kent, was also arrested for interference with official acts.

A statement from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office said both men also face additional charges from the Burlington Police Department.

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