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Iowa police: 14-year-old stole squad car, led high-speed chase

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PERRY, Iowa (AP) — Police in west-central Iowa say a 14-year-old girl stole a police car, then led officers on a chase that topped 110 mph at times.

Television station KCCI reports that the incident began Sunday afternoon in Coon Rapids when the girl jumped behind the wheel of a Coon Rapids Police Department car and took off.

A chase ensued, involving officers from Coon Rapids, Perry, and Dallas, Guthrie and Greene counties.

The Iowa State Patrol says officers eventually used tire-puncturing strips to disable and stop the stolen police car on Highway 141 near Perry.

The girl was arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft, theft of firearms, eluding and several traffic violations.

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