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2 BOYS RUN AWAY IN FAMILY VAN, LEAD IDAHO POLICE ON 40-MILE CHASE

A 9-year-old Moreland boy and his 6-year-old brother led police on a 40-mile chase Wednesday along I-15 in their parents' van as they were trying to run away from home.

The boys were stopped unharmed early Wednesday south of Hamer after a chase that varied from 45 mph to 75 mph, police said. The boys were released to their parents. They told officers they wanted to run away from their Moreland home, about five miles west of Blackfoot."I don't think I've ever seen one with this age group in all the years I've been working," state police Sgt. Davis Johnson said. "That's pretty young."

Johnson said the boys didn't say where they were going. "They were just leaving," he said.

The 9-year-old boy drove the van and was near Idaho Falls when he caught the attention of a patrol officer. The boy was trying to pass the trooper when he nearly collided with the patrol car, according to a police report.

The trooper began pursuit, and following a check of the license plate and a phone call to the boys' parents, police realized who was driving.

Jefferson County authorities helped control traffic during the chase to keep other cars away. The trip ended when police blocked the interstate near the Hamer exit.

No damage or injuries were reported and charges are pending against the boys.