Teen with no license leads Swanton police on high-speed chase

SWANTON, Vt. (WCAX) Police say a juvenile who didn't even have his driver's license yet led officers on a high-speed chase through Swanton Monday morning.

Swanton police say at about 7 a.m., an officer on Interstate 89 clocked a car doing nearly 100 mph.

The officer gave chase and pursued the car through Swanton Village and onto Route 78 in the town. But police stopped the pursuit as the car went into Alburgh, citing the driver's reckless operation and the potential risk to the public.

A few minutes later, police say the car crashed at Boutah Road and Route 78, and two juveniles bailed out, leading police on a brief foot chase.

Officers caught the 16-year-old boy and girl and brought them to the police station. They say the boy confessed he was driving. He was issued a juvenile citation for charges including gross negligent operation, excessive speed and eluding police. Investigators say he will also be ticketed for driving without a license because he only had a learner's permit.

Both juveniles were released into the custody of their parents. Police are not releasing the names because of their age.

Boutah Road near Route 78 was closed for a couple of hours after the crash. It has since reopened.