CREEK COUNTY, COLORADO – The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office might want to invest in some stronger handcuffs.
Shelby Figueroa, 18, is facing multiple charges after allegedly breaking free from a pair of handcuffs, stealing a deputy’s vehicle, and leading officials on a high-speed chase through the mountains of Colorado, KUSA-TV reports.
Authorities say they first encountered Figueroa on Sunday morning, near Georgetown, Colo., when she rammed her own car into an SUV belonging to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office . The deputy on patrol handcuffed the teen and placed her in the back of the SUV.
“She’s combative, but she’s in the back of [the deputy’s] car now,” dispatchers were told.
Not for long.
Two minutes later, the 18-year-old managed to break out of her restraints, escape from the cage, get into the driver’s seat and speed away, deputies say, igniting a chase that lasted a half hour and reached speeds up to 100 mph.
Deputies attempted to ram Figueroa off the road several times before succeeding at around 10:30 a.m., according to KUSA-TV. However, KDVR reports that the teen went off the road when she hit a spike strip.
Either way, the SUV flipped over and crashed into a rock wall.
Figueroa was treated for her injuries at a local hospital, and is now being charged with attempted vehicular assault on a peace officer, vehicular eluding, aggravated motor vehicle theft, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, theft and reckless driving.
Is stealing cars what all the cool kids are doing these days? Earlier this month, 13-year-old Elizabeth Annette Robinson allegedly stole her brother’s car to meet up with a boyfriend she had met online.
And in August, a 14-year-old boy in Pennsylvania led police officers on a wild chase after allegedly stealing a Jeep.