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Teen driving stolen car leads Opp police on high speed chase

The wrecked Lincoln sits in a storage yard. The wrecked Lincoln sits in a storage yard.
Opp, AL (WSFA) -

Opp is said to be a 'City of Opportunity,' and if the 17-year old teenager behind the wheel of a '93 Lincoln Towncar had an opportunity to do it again, he might think twice before leading Opp police on a chase. 

"They may think they can outrun us, but we have radios," said Opp Chief Michael McDonald. 

Chief McDonald says one of his officers was on routine patrol, picked up a speeder on radar north of town Saturday night and quickly got behind him. 

"The suspects kept fleeing," said McDonald. 

The chase was on clocking at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The male driver and his passenger 20-year old Zachary Peppin of Texas collided with a Grand Prix driven by a 16-year old girl. 

The chase ended about 7 miles away at the intersection of Highway 331 South and State Highway 299 but that wasn't the end of it. 

"The two suspects then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Our officer captured them," said McDonald. 

The juvenile and Peppin face charges ranging from 'attempting to elude police to bringing stolen property into the state. The Lincoln Towncar was stolen in Columbia, Tennessee, over the weekend. The two suspects are not related and the chief isn't sure how or why they got together. Both were headed to Florida. 

"They've been very cooperative. They told us they tried to steal two school buses in Tennessee and our investigation shows the 17-year old walked away from a youth facility in Tennessee," said Chief McDonald. 

As for the Grand Prix driver she was taken to Mizell Memorial Hospital for observation but is going to be okay. 

Chief McDonald says he is very pleased with the way his officer handled the chase. 

Peppin remains in the Covington County Jail while the male juvenile was handed over to the Alabama Department of Youth Services.

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