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OGDEN CHASE ENDS ABRUPTLY

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A high-speed chase through the streets of Ogden came to an abrupt end when the teenage driver hit another car and rammed a house.

The 17-year-old Ogden youth, who was driving a car that had been reported stolen 30 minutes earlier, was treated at McKay-Dee Hospital and released following the incident Friday morning.Police said no one was in the home at the time of the crash, and no other injuries were reported.

Sgt. Dan Greenhalgh said the chase started at 10:49 a.m. after a patrolman's radar clocked the vehicle traveling at 55 mph in the 1600 block of Monroe Boulevard.

The chase continued along Canyon Road up to Harrison Boulevard, where the suspect's vehicle reached an estimated 65 mph before clipping the rear fender of a pickup truck and ramming into a house on Harrison.

"As far as I knew, it was a typical speeder at first," said Officer Chris McAllister, the patrolman who gave chase. "I just attempted to stop him. He didn't really take off in speed, but he wouldn't stop either."

About five blocks later, the car hit the back fender of a truck driven by Ken Hall, 21, of North Ogden, then bounced across the road and slammed into DeVon and Inge Hunzeker's home.

Hall was among a crowd of onlookers surveying the crushed remains of the 1984 Mazda 626 owned by Jim Edmonds, who reported the car had been stolen earlier that morning as he shopped at ZCMI.

"I had left the keys in it. I went into the store about 10:05 a.m. and came out about 20 minutes later and it was gone," he said.

Greenhalgh said the teenage driver was enrolled in a halfway house program run through Mill Creek Youth Center. He said the youth will be referred to juvenile court on charges of auto theft and evasion.

Inge Hunzeker said it was too early to tell the extent of damage to her home. A 4-foot-high section of siding was peeled off by the impact.