A 17-year-old Troy, Mo., driver has been accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on Highway 79 while high on synthetic marijuana. The teen, who is facing several felony charges in connection with the incident, only stopped driving after a wheel fell off of his 2002 Toyota Corolla. Authorities report that the driver reached speeds of 112 miles per hour during the chase, which ended in the hospitalization of both the driver and a younger passenger.

Authorities report that the young man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly placing another person in danger of physical injury and felonious restraint. Misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, possessing drug paraphernalia and careless driving have also been added.

Officers say they first began their pursuit of the suspect after they noticed him speeding at 103 miles per hour in a 60 mile-per-hour zone. Police attempted to stop the driver, but he continued to lead them on an extended chase. The young man's passenger had called his mother to tell her goodbye because he feared he would die in a car crash. The driver reportedly crashed into several other vehicles and at least one road sign during the chase, which ended when the wheel fell off his car.

The young man told authorities he was not sure why he had chosen to drive so fast, but he did admit to smoking synthetic marijuana before he got behind the wheel. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

In this case, the young man is still technically a juvenile, so he could be served with a far less serious sentence than an adult who committed the same crimes. In addition, it is arguable that he made the bad decisions because of the drug he smoked; the provider of that drug will thus possibly be sought out by police in connection with this incident. It is possible that the young man will receive rehabilitative treatment instead of hard jail time for his mistakes.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Troy, Mo., teen leads police on 112 mph chase - until rear tire comes off," Susan Weich, Jan. 17, 2013