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Teen driver leads police on pursuit through Scappoose

A 16-year-old boy led Oregon State Police on a vehicle pursuit Sunday evening in the Scappoose area.

According to Lt. Gregg Hastings of the OSP, a state trooper stopped two eastbound cars, both driven by 16-year-old boys, for speeding on Highway 30 near Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery, just north of Scappoose, at 7:47 p.m.

The cars, a Honda Civic and a 2006 BMW 325 with Washington license plates, were reportedly racing and reached speeds up to 95 mph.

Both cars stopped, but as the trooper approached the BMW, the driver sped off before stopping on Wikstrom Road, where the trooper caught up to him.

The teen driver from Vancouver, Wash., was cited for speeding. The Columbia County District Attorney's Office will review the incident to consider felony charges of attempting to elude, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person, according to Hastings.

The D.A. will also decide whether the driver will be prosecuted as a juvenile or as an adult.

It is unclear whether the driver of the Honda was cited. Both cars had passengers, according to Hastings.

The Scappoose Police Department was called in to assist with the incident. Incident reports are still being completed.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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