Group Of Teens Seriously Injured After Police Chase

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was in pursuit of an SUV on Wednesday, August 28th in Capitola. The chase ended with six teens being seriously injured when their vehicle crashed.

Patch.com reported on their website that CHP officers attempted to make a routine traffic stop of a 2002 GMC Yukon near 41st Avenue and Gross Road just before 3:00 a.m. Authorities say that the driver of the vehicle, however, refused to pull over for the CHP cruiser which had its lights engaged.

The CHP took off in pursuit of the driver who headed southbound on 41st Avenue. The pursuit continued until he lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of 41st Portola Drive. The SUV left the roadway, rolled and struck a tree.

CHP officers arrived to find six teens inside, including a 14-year-old male driver. One of the teens, a 14-year-old girl who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the rollover crash, was ejected from the SUV. She was rushed to Navidad Medical Center in Salinas. Her current condition is unknown.

Also in the vehicle were an 18-year-old woman, and three other girls who ranged in age from 14 -16 all are from Santa Fe.

A spokesperson for the CHP told reporters that they do not believe that either alcohol or drugs played any role in the crash. The incident is still currently under investigation.

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