Car/Bike Accident Sends 8-Year-Old To Hospital

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A collision between a van and a bike sent an 8-year-old boy to the hospital Thursday.

Dorsey Townsend, 41, Payson, was northbound in the inside lane of Highway 87 when the boy crossed the highway to the west, colliding with Townsend's 2000 Dodge Caravan.

The boy was transported to Payson Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in good condition, according to Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Police pursuit

Two juveniles led police on a short chase on Airline Road Aug. 20.

At about midnight, Tuesday, an officer stopped a 1998 gray Toyota in the 100 block of East Airline because of erratic driving.

As the officer approached the vehicle, it accelerated and left the scene.

The officer gave pursuit, but when he realized the vehicle was reaching a high rate of speed, he dropped back and just followed it.

The vehicle failed to make a turn onto Hoover and went off the road, crossing a bar ditch and running into a fence in the 1500 block of East Hoover.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, the officer discovered two occupants, an 11-year-old male, who had been driving, and a 12-year-old female.

The girl had unlawfully taken her mother's car from the Salt River Indian Reservation and driven it to Payson. The boy took over driving at Wal-Mart.

The boy was charged with unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle and criminal damage and was released to his parents.

The girl also was released to her parents. Charges are still pending as her family has not yet decided to press any charges against her.

If there are charges against the girl, it will be handled by the Salt River Indian Police, Engler said.

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