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Teenager killed in high-speed chase in Chowchilla. Driver arrested for DUI, CHP says

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A Fresno teenager was killed and another young woman was arrested Wednesday after leading a California Highway Patrol officer on a high-speed chase through Chowchilla that ended in a deadly crash.

The CHP received reports Wednesday evening after 9 p.m. of a possible drunken driver who was “all over the roadway” in a gold Ford car headed north Highway 99, the CHP said in a news release.

The driver was going about 25 mph on the freeway and backing up traffic, CHP reported.

When the driver took the Robertson Boulevard exit, the car drifted into the lane for oncoming traffic. The officer tried to stop the car, but the driver continued driving through the intersection, hitting the bumper of another car and drifting into a dirt field. The driver then turned back onto Robertson Boulevard, traveling between 50 and 60 mph.

Once the driver was outside the city limits, the driver accelerated to more than 100 mph. That’s when the driver drifted off the road and struck a palm tree, about one mile outside the city, CHP said.

When the CHP officer approached the car, the driver, 20-year-old Sidney Kelley of Oakland, was still behind the wheel. But Kelley’s passenger, a 17-year-old Fresno girl who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was thrown into the backseat during the crash.

The CHP officer pulled the teen through the back window and gave her CPR until an ambulance arrived. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Her name was not immediately available Thursday.

Kelley, who allegedly was driving without a license and under the influence of drugs, was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno to be treated for her injuries.

Kelley was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, evading police, felony DUI and driving without a license.

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