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Benson cop led on short high-speed chase by a teenager

BENSON -- A 14-year-old Benson boy connected with multiple car thefts was arrested Thursday after leading police on a short high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle. The chase occurred in town and ended in a church parking lot.

BENSON -- A 14-year-old Benson boy connected with multiple car thefts was arrested Thursday after leading police on a short high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle. The chase occurred in town and ended in a church parking lot.

Benson Police Officer Nancy Dosdall attempted to stop the vehicle around 3:20 a.m., after the juvenile driver allegedly drove past her at a high speed.

According to a press release from the Benson Police Department, the juvenile ignored the officer's emergency lights.

The pursuit lasted for approximately one mile before ending in a church parking lot in a northwest Benson neighborhood.

"He got cut off," Benson Police Chief Jim Crace said.

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According to the release, the juvenile was arrested without further resistance. The juvenile has a history of car thefts.

In February, he was arrested for vehicle theft and fleeing an officer, Crace said.

Further investigation also tied the boy to more than 10 cases involving burglaries, stolen property and stolen vehicles.

Crace said more cases that hadn't been previously reported have come in since the press release was sent out.

The juvenile's arrest will likely lead to multiple charges of vehicle theft, burglary, vehicle tampering and simple theft, Crace said.

The Benson Police Department released a press release Wednesday acknowledging their investigation into the recent string of car thefts. With Thursday's arrest, that investigation seems to be near an end.

"It was the result of some really good police work," Crace said. "And a little bit of luck."

Crace said the boy was simply "joyriding" in most of the cars he allegedly stole.

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In Thursday's press release, Crace urged community members to lock their doors on their vehicles and homes.

"Most thefts could be prevented by simply taking our keys out of the ignition and locking the car doors," he said.

"Our officers do a very fine job of protecting the Benson community but they cannot do it alone. They need your help."

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