A burglary attempt at a Cedar City home led to a high-speed chase through southern Utah and the arrests of five California youths.
Lawmen from five agencies became involved Saturday after the youths were chased from the home of Steven and Karen Hunter and tried to elude authorities on I-15, police said.Karen Hunter said she returned home with her two children around noon Saturday and found four teenage boys in her bedroom.
When she grabbed one of them and asked what he was doing, he broke free, and the group ran out of the house. At that time, she noticed one was carrying a knife. The four then took off in a car driven by a teenage girl.
Minutes later, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. David Excell found the youths heading southbound on I-15, about five miles south of Cedar City.
The chase reached speeds up to 105 mph before the suspects' vehicle ran into road spikes laid by the sheriff's department two miles north of the Hurricane interchange.
The driver lost control of the car, skidded 150 feet, then left the freeway, rolling another 140 feet before coming to a stop, said St. George police officer Craig Harding.
The five youths, all from San Marcos, Calif., and ranging in age from 13 to 15, were arrested for aggravated robbery and taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center.