Teen Steals Liquor, Leads Police on High Speed Chase

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

A Cedar Rapids Police cruiser drives on 1st Street SW toward the police station on the afternoon of Wedneday, September 26, 2007.

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By Larry Burkum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids teenager is accused of stealing booze from a convenience store and leading police on a drunken, high speed chase.

The incident began after midnight Tuesday morning at the Kum & Go at 2664 16th Ave. SW. According to criminal complaints, a Cedar Rapids police officer spotted 19-year-old Christopher J. E. McGee stealing liquor. When the officer asked McGee for his identification, the teenager allegedly fled to a nearby vehicle and took off.

Police said McGee led officers on a high speed chase with speeds topping the posted limit by 25 mph.

McGee was stopped after police deployed tire deflation devices. Police said McGee, who was intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, resisted arrest.

McGee was taken into custody and he faces charged of eluding, drunk driving, driving under suspension, interference with official acts and fifth-degree theft.
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